Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio – The 711th Human Performance Wing’s Airman Systems Directorate is using an information transfer agreement construct to provide commercial companies with access to its Vigilant Spirit Control Station software package, which allows operators to control multiple unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) at once.
The Department of Defense relies on a variety of UAVs to perform military functions. Similarly, commercial entities use UAVs as a cost-effective solution for numerous activities, including agriculture and forestry management, cellular tower inspection, and landfill monitoring. Because UAVs are piloted remotely, each one comes with operator software from the manufacturer.
Typically, software from the manufacturer is proprietary, meaning the customers can’t modify the software source code in order to customize its capabilities. This is one of the reasons the Air Force had an interest in developing a new non-proprietary software capability that can work with multiple groups and brands of UAVs and be easily modified based on operator need. Most importantly, the software is needed to allow operators to maintain multi-vehicle and sensor control.
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