UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The U.S. Navy is taking a cue from video games, recently landing a fighter jet on the deck of an aircraft carrier using a remote control.
Late last month, Navy crew members remotely landed a 40,000-pound jet on the flight deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln.
The F/A-18 Hornet strike fighter had been outfitted for remote operation with a system aptly called ATARI — or Aircraft Terminal Approach Remote Inceptor.
The system was created in 2016, but before last month’s test, ATARI had only been tested on land.
Using the system, landing signal officers are able to take control of an aircraft from up to five miles away and use a joystick to remotely land the aircraft.
Researchers say ATARI could be used during recovery operations if a pilot is incapacitated as well as in the future when unmanned aircraft begin to operate from the flight deck.