Lockheed Enhances Automation Capabilities for Small UAS

Lockheed Martin says it has improved automation capabilities for small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) using its Kestrel Fly Light flight control system and mobile ground control station (mGCS) software.

The company notes that earlier this year, its Desert Hawk III small UAS demonstrated these enhancements by delivering better situational awareness to operators. Lockheed adds that the mGCS enhancements also reduced operator workload through an intuitive interface, user-friendly touch screen and joystick options, as well as a set of operator warnings, cautions and advisories.

According to Lockheed, mGCS was developed on an open system using commercial off-the-shelf technology that is interoperable with a variety of portable computers, hand controllers, autopilots, data links and sensors. The software, the company reports, includes a full development kit to provide other UAS manufacturers with the ability to add systems and other capabilities without restriction.

‘mGCS is a single, portable system capable of conducting missions that would typically require multiple controllers and federated software applications in order to manage the many different types of UAS,’ comments Kevin Westfall, director of unmanned solutions at Lockheed's mission systems and training business.


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