Santa Monica, Calif.-based DreamHammer – creator of Ballista, a commercial multi-drone operating system – has completed a series of successful demonstrations with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and unmanned aerial system (UAS) prime contractors.
According to DreamHammer, these demonstrations showed that Ballista's ‘out-of-the-box’ support of the UAS Control Segment (UCS) architecture allowed it to plug and play with current and future unmanned aircraft also supporting UCS within the DoD.
The company notes that Ballista, by virtue of its open architecture, already has the ability to integrate with any proprietary UAS, allowing a single operator to simultaneously manage multiple unmanned vehicles. Ballista's support of UCS now opens its commercial customers to plug and play with the U.S. defense market, DreamHammer adds.
DreamHammer reports that Ballista comes pre-packaged with open and extensible UCS-conforming models, middleware communications and user interface components. The company says these components allow non-UCS-based systems (both legacy and standards based) to integrate their proprietary hardware and services into Ballista, bringing them up to the UCS standard and allowing them to interoperate with other UCS-based vehicles, sensors and services.
‘Currently, the DoD has the world's largest UAS fleet and the greatest need for affordability; therefore, it was key to our customers to prove Ballista's ability to meet the UCS interoperability standards out of the box,’ says Nelson Paez, CEO of DreamHammer. ‘We believe strongly that by supporting this standard, the industry can begin to create the universal interoperability of drones, which will enable the explosive growth of drones in both the government and commercial markets. Drones will be everywhere and used for everything, whether for military or commercial purposes.’
DreamHammer notes that it plans to provide out-of-the-box support for other global unmanned standards, such as STANAG 4586, MAVlink and JAUS, in addition to other cross-domain standards in future releases.