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DCS is actively engaged in the Research and Development of DoD unmanned air and ground systems. Unmanned systems play a critical role in the battlefield today and offer the potential of dramatically altering the future battlefield. They currently extend warfighter capabilities by allowing warfighters to observe, interact and engage the enemy remotely from a safer position. With increased autonomy, they offer the potential to team with warfighters and significantly reduce manpower requirements.
S&T (Science & Technology) Areas
DCS applies our expertise in several S&T areas through analysis, virtual-live simulation, prototyping, and testing, to include:
- Tactical behaviors
- Collaborative operations (air-ground, manned-unmanned)
- Integration into battle command systems
- Interoperability standards
In support of these programs, our engineers have integrated control of many small and large scale unmanned systems into a wide variety of vehicle crew stations and hand held controllers for warfighter experiments. We provide systems engineering support to the US Army Robotics Systems Joint Program Office (for ground systems) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (for aerial systems) and are active in addressing interoperability issues related to the growing inventory of unmanned systems.
Army Ground Vehicle ATOs
Our staff of engineers, analysts and technicians play an active role in the identification and maturation of emerging technologies for unmanned systems by supporting key Science and Technology programs and Army Technology Objectives (ATO). These programs address a wide array of areas critical to unmanned systems, to include:
- Robotics Control
- Robotics Vehicle Control Architecture
- Mobility and Operational Performance through Autonomous Technologies
USAF Unmanned Systems
AFRL Research & Development
Our researchers within AFRL are leading the charge toward better and more efficient use of UAV’s in support of combat roles. Our current projects include: Multi-UAV Supervisory Control, Automated Planning, Sense & Avoid algorithms, Automated Air Refueling, Dynamic Mission Planning /Retasking, Visualization & Immersive Simulation, Multi-sensor Exploitation, Payload Integration & Checkout, Command & Control, Data links, and Test Planning & Execution