A3R: Autonomous Air to Air Refueling System
July 26, 2022
MTSI developed a patented autonomous air-to-air refueling concept called A3R that makes the receiving aircraft passive. This capability has the potential to vastly improve overall safety of aerial refueling missions by accurately maneuvering the hose to the receiving aircraft through the use of machine vision and autonomous controls. A3R is not dependent traditional probe and drogue technology and allows manned or unmanned tanker to refuel autonomous systems in a manner that keeps them focused on the mission at hand. This solution is scalable and can easily be configured to various host platforms and provides a means to make legacy and future UAS systems air refuellable.