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AFRL Launches ARCNet, Autonomy R&D portal

Jeff Brody

The Air Force Research Laboratory unveiled an electronic system working to accommodate collaborative research and development initiatives for autonomous platforms. The Autonomy Research Collaboration Network is designed to rapidly carry out technology transition processes to further autonomous studies through the use of communication and speed functions, the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base said Friday

AFRL developed ARCNet through a $196 million agreement with the SPG Institute and is eligible for usage by Department of Defense organizations. The laboratory also plans to use the platform to support the U.S. Air Force's 2030 Science and Technology Strategy. 

“The consortium platform allows for a deeper dialogue between the government and potential performers on research projects, allowing the potential performers to participate in defining the requirements and execution strategy for a project," said Corey Schumacher, chief technology officer of ARCNet project at AFRL.

According to AFRL, the system has several scheduled research projects planned for release to the network's members.

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