AI-powered Agile Condor capability to be demonstrated with MQ-9

SAN DIEGO, Calif. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Air Force (USAF) to demonstrate the Air Force Research Lab’s Agile Condor capability using a MQ-9 Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) owned by GA-ASI.

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Agile Condor is a high-performance computing architecture that will be used to demonstrate artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies. GA-ASI will integrate the Agile Condor capability over a 10-month period beginning this month.

The flight demonstration phase will be used to experiment with the Agile Condor payload to determine the optimum artificial intelligence and machine learning methodologies to find, identify, and track select targets.

The Agile Condor capability also has the potential to reduce satellite bandwidth requirements as a result of its ability to identify, classify, and nominate targets of interest. If operating in a fully autonomous mode, it would be possible to only engage SATCOM connectivity or other data link channels to disseminate the imagery and location of those targets.