Commercial, Unmanned

Lockheed Martin to Launch Versatile Drone-Control Program

By Nick Zazulia | February 21, 2018
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A screen grab from Lockheed Martin’’s VCSi software. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin

A piece of software that can control any unmanned vehicle from anywhere in the world sounds like a McGuffin from a Bond film.

Lockheed Martin is making that a reality.

Its new VCSi software, which it will unveil at the Unmanned Systems Exhibition and Conference in Abu Dhabi, enables operators to simultaneously control dozens of UAS of diverse size and function, according to the company.

Designed around the NATO standardization agreement STANAG 4586, Lockheed Martin said that the software is flexible enough to integrate anything from boats to pseudo-satellites. Its interface features 3-D visualization of vehicles and airspace to help with understanding and control, and content modules can be added to allow customizability.

The software will be commercially available, Lockheed Martin said, with no export restrictions. The company has not yet provided a launch date.

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