Igor Cherepinsky Director Sikorsky Innovations

Igor Cherepinsky leads the Sikorsky Innovations group tasked with solving the toughest problems in vertical flight.

Under his leadership, the multidisciplinary group currently is maturing next-generation technologies, process and products that will bring unprecedented levels of autonomy, systems intelligence, flight safety, speed and maneuverability to large rotorcraft, and introduce electric / hybrid electric propulsion and other advanced features to VTOL aircraft.

Most recently, Sikorsky Innovations successfully demonstrated unmanned and optionally piloted vehicle capability where aircraft can be operated with two, one or zero pilots at any time of the day or night, and in a variety of complex scenarios, including contested, congested and degraded visual environments.

Since joining Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, in 1998 as a flight controls engineer, Cherepinsky has contributed to the development and demonstration of fly-by-wire control for the UH-60M Black Hawk® helicopter, an autonomy mission manager software suite for uninhabited aircraft, and the S-76 helicopter testbed known as the Sikorsky Autonomy Research Aircraft.

As director of Autonomy Programs at Sikorsky Innovations from 2017 to 2021, Cherepinsky led the team that developed autonomy software and hardware for the Defense Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) program. Aircraft agnostic autonomy and digital copilot system functionality was successfully demonstrated to DARPA on the S-76® and UH-60 helicopters, and PA-30 and C-280 fixed wing aircraft.

Mr. Cherepinsky graduated from Brooklyn Polytechnic University and with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering, and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Breakthrough in Field Robotics
(8:30am - 9:15am)

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