After already having demonstrated the ability to take off from an aircraft carrier deck earlier this year, this week the Navy’s X47B technology demonstrator drone also managed to successfully complete a landing maneuver for the first time. However, what is most interesting about this is that, after having completed two landings, the drone, while coming in for a third touchdown “detected an anomaly in its own navigation computer and decided, all on its own, to abort the landing”, as David Axe over at the War is Boring blog reports. He raises an interesting question in connection to this:
Two things are worth mentioning.
First, the Navy’s new killer drone detected a problem and made the proper decision before its human minders discovered it, thus boosting mission safety.
Second, what if the drone had autonomously made the wrong decision?