Lockheed, Warsaw University of Technology Partner to Demo UAV Optimization Tools

UAVLockheed Martin and Poland-based Warsaw University of Technology have jointly demonstrated unmanned aerial vehicle optimization technologies through aerial command and control of multiple UAVs.

Lockheed said Friday the demonstration builds on a joint applied research effort between the company and the university that seeks to modernize various aircraft fleets as well as identify C2 concepts for manned and unmanned airborne platforms.

“Understanding how different assets can interoperate, communicate, and serve common objectives with maximum efficiency is a challenging task in the growing field of UAV technologies,” said Janusz Narkiewicz, head of WUT’s department of automation and aeronautical systems.

Narkiewicz added he believes that optimization technologies have potential applications in commercial and military drones.

The technology works to apply mathematical calculations and a “systems-of-systems” approach to adapt the UAV fleet’s commanded flight paths, speeds, division of duties and sensor performance, Lockheed said.

The company added the demonstration aimed to show how an operator could use tools to adapt to changing scenarios as well as calculate and deploy optimized approaches to the fleet of commanded aircraft.

Lockheed and WUT seek Poland-based partners to help research and develop methods to integrate manned-unmanned airborne platform systems.

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