Project Stork UAV/UGV Collaborative Initiative
AIR FORCE RESEARCH LAB TYNDALL AFB FL
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One of the key issues in military urban operations is the ability to obtain timely situational awareness of the target area. One solution utilizes Unmanned Ground Vehicles UGVs to provide this information but challenges remain as to how to accurately emplace and control these vehicles from extended ranges. This research and development project, Stork, demonstrated the capability to aerially insert a UGV from a UAV into an area of operations and then use a communications relay pod on the UAV to extend the range of control of UGVs. The UGV insertion was done using a parachute delivery system from after an altitude of 400 feet. Transparent to the physical elements of the demonstration was the integration of the Joint Architecture for Unmanned Systems JAUS on the UGVs which allows a single operator control unit OCU to control multiple disparate UGVs simply by selecting a particular UGV from a drop-down menu. The ability to control multiple vehicles on the ground at the extended range and switch control from one vehicle to the next and back was also successfully demonstrated.
- Pilotless Aircraft
- Surface Transportation and Equipment
- Command, Control and Communications Systems