Northrop Builds New UAS Mission Hardware, Software; Doug Valenzuela Comments

NorthropLogoNorthrop Grumman has developed a new mission management hardware and software suite for unmanned aerial vehicles with commercial-off-the-shelf equipment.

In December, the company flew a Global Hawk drone using the Mission Management Control System product for an Air Force demonstration, Northrop said Thursday.

During the demonstration, a Global Hawk took off under operator control at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. and a San Diego-based systems integration laboratory took control of the drone in-flight.

Doug Valenzuela, program manager for the Ground Station Technical Refresh program, said the company reused components from past programs to develop the equipment.

The company says it is aiming to both develop a common foundation for UAS command and control and use open, nonproprietary, standards-based, scalable, common architecture.

Mike Leahy, a CMMS director at Northrop, said the company also wants to eliminate stove-piped systems.

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