Small drones to get more autonomous capabilities

Lockheed mobile Ground Control StationUnmanned aircraft systems are continuing to gain more autonomous capabilities as new flight control systems and software allow users to focus on things other than flying the aircraft. Using a combination of its Kestral flight control systems and mobile Ground Control Station (mGCS) software, Lockheed Martin was able to enhance its Group 1 family of UAVs with improved automation capabilities. This will allow users to focus on the mission, instead of flying the various UAVs. Lockheed Martin demonstrated these capabilities earlier this year using the Desert Hawk III small unmanned aircraft system (SUAS), according to a Lockheed announcement. The mGCS enhancements were found to deliver improved situational awareness by reducing operator workload. The control system software provides an intuitive interface, a sophisticated set of operator warning, cautions, and advisories, and user-friendly touchscreen and joystick options. Read the full article…

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