New software from Lockheed Martin can control multiple UAVs simultaneously

New software from Lockheed Martin can control multiple UAVs simultaneously

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Lockheed Martin is launching VCSi, a new commercial software that will allow operators to simultaneously control dozens of unmanned vehicles. The software will be launched at the Unmanned Systems Exhibition and Conference, to be held 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 is designed around the NATO Standardization Agreement called STANAG 4586, which supports unmanned vehicle interoperability. VCSi software can be customized by building attachments or plug-ins beyond 4586. It also supports multiple languages and non-Latin scripts. VCSi also provides advanced 3D visualization of vehicles and airspace. It is at the forefront of integration into unmanned traffic management systems.

The main features of VCSi are:

  • It allows for true 1:n control of dissimilar vehicles anywhere on earth
  • The fly-by-mouse interface has been advanced to enable easier training and reduce operator/analyst task loads
  • Competitive pricing, making it affordable
  • It offers a robust plug-in architecture, which allows for custom content to be added by the user or selected from pre-existing modules
  • The software is made in Canada and free of export restrictions