The Self-Powered Ad-hoc Network is integrated into unmanned aerial vehicles through minute, self-sustaining devices to support surveillance missions and address cost concerns, Lockheed said Monday.
“SPAN is essentially a network of unobtrusive sensor nodes small enough to fit into the palm of your hand,” said Macy W. Summers, vice president at Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions.
Summers added that SPAN sensors included in UAVs can be used for force protection, border surveillance and regulatory and treaty compliance.”
The nodes are connected on land with a mesh formation to help transfer information from one sensor to the next to expand communications area.
The offering is meant to let UAV operators focus on identified threats instead of loitering or flying pre-set mission profiles waiting for potential threats.