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Payload Package Guides Itself: The Aeronautical Systems Center is working on a “promising concept” that could make high-altitude airdrops more rapid, safe, and accurate. The Joint Precision Airdrop System incorporates several steerable components—canopy and electro-mechanical actuators—an airborne guidance unit, and mission planning hardware and software. JPADS has been in the works for the past three years, as a means to deliver ground-force supplies into a soccer field size drop zone from 25,000 feet. The altitude would keep aircrews safe from most surface-to-air threats, and the system would further reduce reliance on ground convoys.