UAV command, control & communications

Aerospace and defense organizations advance unmanned avionics to amplify system safety, security, efficiency, and interoperability.

The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for years has been a focal point of the aerospace and defense community, as well as a bright spot in an otherwise bleak economic picture. The impressive growth and advancement of unmanned technologies show few signs of slowing, as militaries worldwide continue to adopt and adapt unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for a variety of missions.

[Source: Military & Aerospace ElectronicsCourtney Howard | July 2013]

Advanced ground control

Various aerospace and defense industry firms are focusing on human- machine interface (HMI) solutions for UAV applications. The end goals of these innovative HMIs are often streamlined operator training and reduced pilot workload.

Computer tablets and other handheld systems are quickly becoming the HMIs of preference for unmanned vehicle command and control. UAV applications are moving away from laptop computers and joysticks in favor of tablet computers, “mostly because of portability and there’s no keyboard to break, no parts to get damaged,” says Jim Plas, vice president of marketing at Xplore Technologies in Austin, Texas. An Xplore C5 rugged tablet accompanies every Aeryon Scout UAV from Aeryon Labs Inc. in Waterloo, Canada, for use as a more modern control pad than the traditional joystick.

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