MSSMP: No Place to Hide
NAVAL COMMAND CONTROL AND OCEAN SURVEILLANCE CENTER RDT AND E DIV SAN DIEGO CA
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The Multipurpose Security and Surveillance Mission Platform MSSMP system is a distributed network of remote sensors mounted on vertical-takeoff-and-landing VTOL mobility platforms plus portable control stations. The system is designed to provide a rapidly deployable extended-range surveillance capability for a wide variety of security operations and other tactical missions. While MSSMP sensor packages can be deployed on many types of mobility platforms, initial system demonstrations have used a Sikorsky Cypher VTOL unmanned aircraft as well as a portable sensor unit In January 1997 the MSSMP system was demonstrated at the Military Operations in Urban Terrain facility at Ft. Benning GA flying down city streets looking through lower- and upper-story windows ahead of advancing troops and performing observations after landing on the roof of a two story building. The MSSMP system makes maximum use of commercial off-the-shelf COTS subsystem- level components for sensing processing and communications and of both established and emerging standard communications networking protocols and system integration techniques. This paper will 1 discuss the technical issues involved in focusing these elements to produce a system architecture that can flexibly support the range of configurations needed to address a wide variety of applications while facilitating the ongoing integration of new technology COTS components and 2 present the results of recent user evaluations.
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