General Atomics Builds Avenger Drone Ground Cockpit; Frank Pace Comments

Frank Pace
Frank Pace (NASA photo)

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has developed a new cockpit ground control station intended to control the company’s Predator C Avenger drone and adapt to other remotely piloted aircraft systems.

The company demonstrated the station during a flight test in November 2012 at its Palmdale, Calif. flight operations facility and aimed to use the open systems software architecture to fly the drone, General Atomics said Thursday.

Later this summer, the company will fly the Predator B/MQ-9 Reaper drone with the cockpit.

Frank Pace, president of GA-ASI’s aircraft systems group, said the cockpit station is designed to be interoperable and fly any RPA system.

The recent three-hour flight test was supported by the U.S. Air Force and directed by Congress.

GA-ASI said it designed the station under the Air Force’s unmanned aircraft system command and control initiative and aims for it to comply with interoperability standards outlined by the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s unmanned control segment working group.

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