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Lockheed Martin to launch unmanned vehicle control software that can control multiple UAV types

US: Lockheed Martin will launch VCSi – commercial software that enables operators to simultaneously control dozens of unmanned vehicles and conduct information, surveillance and reconnaissance missions – during the Unmanned Systems Exhibition and Conference in Abu Dhabi this month.

“VCSi is a safe and reliable software platform that can be adapted to any vehicle – from one you can hold in your hand, to a 50,000-pound machine; from a vehicle that flies for a few minutes, to a vehicle that flies for months at a time,” said John Molberg, business development manager, Lockheed Martin CDL Systems. “The user can integrate as many vehicles as required to complete their missions, including boats, quadcopters, fixed-wing aircraft or even high-altitude pseudo satellites. Across commercial or military missions, VCSi is adaptable to the challenge and further extends the power of the human-machine team.”

VCSi’s major enhancements include:

Multi-Vehicle: Control interfaces to allow for true 1:n control of dissimilar vehicles anywhere on earth

Intuitive: Lockheed Martin further advanced its fly-by-mouse interface to enable easier training and reduce operator/analyst task loads

Affordable: Priced competitively with all unmanned systems in mind, customers can buy essential modules for their mission set

Modular: Offers a robust plug-in architecture, which allows for custom content to be added by the user or selected from pre-existing modules

International: Commercial software, made in Canada and free of export restrictions

VCSi is designed around the NATO Standardization Agreement known as STANAG 4586, which supports unmanned vehicle interoperability. Customers can build attachments or plug-ins beyond 4586 to customize the VCSi software, which also supports multiple languages and non-Latin scripts. VCSi provides advanced 3D visualization of vehicles and airspace, and it is at the forefront of integration into unmanned traffic management systems.