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Automatic landings have been commonplace in commercial aviation for some time, and they help pilots touch down safely at large airports. Smaller airports are often not equipped with the ground-based systems that help planes land, which means that adverse conditions, such as low visibility, can challenge pilots. To help overcome these challenges, researchers have turned to optics and new software to allow for automatic landings that do not require ground-based systems.
Modified research aircraft Diamond DA42 of the research project C2Land of the Technical University of Munich and the Technical University of Braunschweig. Courtesy of Andreas Dekiert.
Giving GPS a hand
For the German government-supported project called…READ MORE