U-2 software breakthrough opens door to AI-boosted aerial surveillance missions

By Sara Sirota / October 22, 2020 at 1:35 PM
The Pentagon made significant headway advancing its surveillance capabilities last week when the Air Force updated software on a U-2 Dragon Lady mid-flight for the first time -- opening the door to greater use of data streaming and machine learning aboard aircraft during spy missions. Air Force acquisition executive Will Roper revealed on social media earlier this week that the service improved automatic target recognition algorithms on the 1950s-era, intelligence-gathering aircraft during an Oct. 16 flight. The breakthrough follows a...

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