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AUTONOMY FOR
GENERAL AVIATION
Autonomous Cessna 208 Caravans remotely supervised

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wo San Francisco area startup
of flight software at SpaceX, working directly for Elon
companies led by software and
Musk on the Falcon 9 reusable rocket and Dragon 1 cargo
aerospace engineers have developed
capsule. It was there he met Juerg Frefel who came to
and flight tested autonomous systems that have guided
the United States from Switzerland. Frefel led the team
Cessna Model 208 Caravans from takeoff to touchdown.
at SpaceX that developed the computing platforms for
These companies are two examples of the kind of
the Falcon and Dragon, and he is now vice president
startups attracting high-technology company executives
of engineering at Reliable Robotics after founding the
and engineers as well as aerospace specialists to the goal
company with Rose. In addition, Rose led the team at Tesla
of achieving autonomous
that developed the autopilot
flight. It may be easier
for the Tesla electric car.
to win Federal Aviation
Meanwhile in San
Administration approval
Francisco, another new
to use an automated flight
company, Xwing, was cosystem in the Caravan, an
founded by Marc Piette,
already certified aircraft,
chief executive officer,
than a clean sheet of
and Maxime Gariel,
paper electric vertical
chief technology officer.
takeoff and landing air
Before starting Xwing and
vehicle.
becoming CEO, Piette was
Reliable Robotics in
vice president of engineering
Silicon Valley is led by
at GoDaddy, leading the
co-founders who have
company's data strategy and
data science teams.
engineering experience
at Tesla and at SpaceX.
USAF Research Lab/DZYNE ROBOpilot system in Cessna 206
Robert Rose was director
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