ATM Modernization, Commercial, Military

Rockwell Collins, NASA to Develop UAS Data Link

By Tish Drake | December 21, 2011


Rockwell Collins on Monday said it is collaborating with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to develop an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) control and non-payload communications (CNPC) data link that will eventually enable unmanned aircraft to safely operate in the national airspace.

“The reason we were selected is because we’re one of a few companies that have both commercial avionics experience and UAS data links in theater. It’s really the intersection of our core technologies,” said David Vos, senior director of UAS and Control Technologies at Rockwell Collins. “We know the challenges, we know how to certify avionics and we’re experts in military data links and waveform development.”

As a team member in the three-year NASA UAS Communications Research Sub-Project, Rockwell Collins will work with NASA engineers and subject matter experts to define the waveform for the CNPC data link. The results of this collaboration will help industry and FAA develop the appropriate set of rules and requirements for reliable unmanned flight operations in the national airspace system, according to Rockwell Collins.

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