News | Sep 25, 2018

Air Force licensing out Vigilant Spirit software for controlling multiple UAVs

U.S. Air Force technology that businesses and entrepreneurs can use to create new products and services for civilian or government customers

An Air Force MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial attack vehicle prepares to land after a mission in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The Reaper has the ability to carry both precision-guided bombs and missiles.

U.S. Air Force photo

Researchers at the Air Force Research Laboratory have built software that allows a single operator to efficiently and effectively control multiple unmanned aerial vehicles (known as UAVs or drones).

The Vigilant Spirit Ground Control Station software has been available to businesses through an Information Transfer Agreement. The Air Force recently told TechLink that Vigilant Spirit would soon be available for licensing, separate from an ITA, which would allow for redistribution to a company’s customers.

Vigilant Spirit UAV ground control software

Capt. Anthony Castello views the Vigilant Spirit Control Station at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

In this episode of the High Speed, Low Drag podcast, TechLink’s Brian Metzger, senior technology manager, discusses the business opportunity that Vigilant Spirit affords to businesses¬†and entrepreneurs. (Hit the play button at the bottom of the screen.)

TechLink is the Department of Defense’s national partnership intermediary for technology transfer. Since 1999, it has facilitated¬†hundreds of license agreements, transferring over 1,000 inventions from defense laboratories to businesses who turn them into new products or services.

Interested parties can contact Metzger by email at for advice in acquiring the Vigilant Spirit software and partnering with the Air Force Research Laboratory.

Headshot Image of Brian Metzger, PhD, CLP

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