Inside Unmanned Systems

JUN-JUL 2019

Inside Unmanned Systems provides actionable business intelligence to decision-makers and influencers operating within the global UAS community. Features include analysis of key technologies, policy/regulatory developments and new product design.

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42  June/July 2019 unmanned systems inside Photo courtesy of DARPA. ated with the data link, and the takeoff and recovery mechanisms, are not currently addressed in those standards. Research will drive standards established through UAS control link prototypes, vulnerability analysis of UAS safety-critical communi- cations and large-scale simulations, and f light testing of initial performance re- quirements—all of which have been tested or are under further development in the defense environment. In the future, adaptations of solutions such as Collins Aerospace's TacNet™ Tactical Radio, which is tested and quali- fied to NATO and Department of Defense requirements and standards to ensure in- teroperability across platforms, will likely move into the commercial space. Earlier this year, Cubic Corporation of San Diego was awarded a contract by The Boeing Company to supply its Wideband Satellite Communications (SATCOM) modem system and Line-of-Sight (LOS) Common Data Link (CDL) system for the MQ-25 Stingray aerial refueling drone pro- gram. Along a parallel line of development, "Advanced tactical data links that provide instant, shared data at the forward edge of the battlefi eld will also provide necessary connections in the Unmanned Traffi c Management (UTM) environment." Braxton Rehm, Col. (ret), USAF; principal marketing manager, Missions Systems, Unmanned Aircraft Division, Collins Aerospace C ubic C or p.'s C ubic Tra n spor t at ion Systems is looking to LTE high-speed wireless communication on drones for the management of major road incidents, and to provide additional support functions be- yond what can be achieved on the ground. In a recent report, a Cubic Corp. spokesper- son said: "Advanced, stable, military-grade drones, with long f light times, capable of carrying heavy and multiple payloads can revolutionize accident scene response in rural areas by serving multiple purposes: providing a persistent overhead for LTE ac- cess, thus ensuring reliable and powerful communications; securing the integration with the emergency services; and providing persistent CCTV coverage of the incident from variable positions and angles, emer- gency dynamic f loodlighting and emergen- cy PA systems to relay audible instructions to road users." Rehm adds, "Advanced tactical data links that provide instant, shared data at the forward edge of the battlefield will also provide necessary connections in the Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) environment, where we need vehicles of all types to move safely." It remains to be seen how f light man- agement solutions currently operating on UAV platforms—the Arcturus UAV Jump 20 and T-20, Textron Systems Aerosonde® Small Unmanned Aircraft System, Griffon Aerospa ce Outlaw, Nav ma r Applied Sciences Corporation TigerShark, PAE ISR Resolute Eagle and others operated by multiple U.S. Department of Defense and commercial customers—will move into the industry. SETTING THE NEW STANDARD One of the more creative studies ongo- ing in the industry is DARPA's OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) pro- gram, which focuses on developing swarm technologies in virtual and physical envi- ronments. DARPA awarded contracts for the next swarm event to universities and small businesses. Timothy Chung, program manager with DARPA's Tactical Technology Office, noted, "The current performers on the pro- gram present a good balance of innovation and agility, with partnerships between small businesses and universities, and re- DARPA is using lessons learned in physics-based swarm games to advance and expand tactics learned in defense to urban environments. Applications DEFENSE COMMERCIAL NEXUS

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