Autonomous Vehicles for Flight Line Use
[Technical Report, Research Paper]
AIR FORCE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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The purpose of this proof-of-concept study is to discover if autonomous vehicles AV can work on and within the United States Air Force USAF flight line infrastructure to free flight line personnel for value-added roles. An autonomous vehicle was deployed to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst JB-MDL, NJ, to document the limitations and uses and sought to answer can an autonomous vehicle work on the flight line The study revealed that an AV could operate on the flight line safely, in a useful and effective manner, and provide some labor-hour cost-savings benefits when applied in foreign object and debris FOD collection tasks. The study results were an extensive development of the problem set required to fully employ autonomous vehicles in flight line or aerial port environments. A lighthouse testbed should be established at JB-MDL because of the cross-service environment and access to the Air Mobility Commands AMC Expeditionary Center EC.
- Military Aircraft Operations
- Surface Transportation and Equipment