A Horizon airliner comes in for landing at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on April 15, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.
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DAYTON, Ohio - A research laboratory at Ohio's Wright-Patterson Air Force Base has awarded a $24.1 million equipment development contract to a company in nearby Beavercreek.
The Dayton Daily News reports Defense Engineering Corp. was awarded a six-year contract to create sensing equipment to keep aircraft from colliding in midair. Such technology could enable unmanned aircraft to detect oncoming planes and automatically change course to avoid crashing.
A lab official says the sensor technology would boost flight safety and be a key to allowing unmanned aircraft to pass through airspace used by planes carrying people.
He says the company also is tasked with creating sensors to help protect troops from small-arms fire and surface-to-air missiles.
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