The Air Force Research Laboratory is sharing unmanned aerial vehicle ground control software with businesses to further enhance the software’s capabilities.
The Department of Defense uses a variety of UAVs, also known as drones, to perform critical missions. Similarly, many businesses use UAVs to monitor crops, manage forests, and inspect communication towers and pipelines.
Most UAVs are piloted remotely, and those that are come with piloting and control software.
But the Air Force developed a new, non-proprietary UAV software that can control multiple groups and types of UAVs that can be customized for individual operators or missions. It’s called the Vigilant Spirit Control Software.
The VSCS suite was written using publicly available software development tools. Emphasis was placed on designing applications to be run on the Microsoft Windows operating system. The bulk of the software was written in the C# language and to a lesser extent C++ and OpenGL graphics language.
The 711th Human Performance Wing is using an information transfer agreement or a license agreement to provide private companies with access to its Vigilant Spirit Control Station software package.
Interested parties can find out more on how to obtain the software from Brian Metzger, senior technology manager at TechLink, by contacting him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- User-friendly, adaptable, and cost effective - source code is able to be modified depending on operator need
- The software package offers multi-role, human-machine teaming and an advanced simulation and training component
- Source code available via an Information Transfer Agreement
- TechLink provides businesses with no-cost agreement assistance