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Although the goal of ASTRA is to create autonomous vehicles, during the development process it is sometimes useful to take direct control over the aircraft. Manually remote controlled aircraft can also be used as launch platforms for smaller autonomous vehicles.

The flight of remote control aircraft requires precise hand-to-eye coordination, a keen sense of spatial awareness and intense concentration. ASTRA researchers Philip King and Chris Paulson occasionally showed some of these qualities during their day of training last month at the Paul Heckles Fight Centre, near Swindon, UK.

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