Navy demonstrates common drone-control system

Navy demonstrates common drone-control system

November 2, 2016 (Photo Credit: Lance Cpl. Brendan King/Marine Corps)
The Navy has demonstrated a common drone-control system that can manage multiple unmanned aircraft across different services.

The Common Control System (CCS) was demonstrated during a Navy, Army and Air Force exercise at Fort Dix, New Jersey, that involved using unmanned aircraft for automated medical evacuation.

“For this particular demonstration, Neya, LLC developed a set of UCS [UAS control segment] compliant interfaces for data transfer between the CCS and the Air Force’s Common Mission Command Center (CMCC) as part of a small business innovation research effort,” according to a Naval Air Systems Command news release. “Neya then provided these interfaces to Lockheed Martin and BAE, who partnered to develop the capability to exchange mission plan information between the systems.”

“During the event, the CCS and CMCC were provided simulated medical treatment facilities, casualty collection points and casualty evacuation (CASEVAC) routes for both the K-MAX helicopter and unmanned ground vehicle,” the Navy said. “This information was then transferred to the Army’s Vertical Takeoff and Landing Tactical Interface (VERTI) controller for the medic’s review and integration with casualty victim’s vital signs data for real-time monitoring.”

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Dr. Hans Mumm