May 31, 2023

In a groundbreaking achievement, the Department of the Air Force-Massachusetts Institute of Technology Artificial Intelligence Accelerator, or AIA, MagNav project recently performed real-time magnetic navigation, or MagNav, on the C-17A Globemaster III in flight, becoming the first organization to successfully demonstrate this cutting-edge technology in real-time on a Department of Defense aircraft.

The AIA MagNav team, in conjunction with personnel from MIT, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, the Air Force Research Laboratory Sensors Directorate and the Air Force Institute of Technology Autonomy and Navigation Center, flew three Travis Air Force Base, California, C-17 sorties to the test complex at Edwards AFB, California, during exercise Golden Phoenix, May 11-15.