The holy grail of home entertainment systems always has been a master remote control for separate components of differing brands. Well guess what? The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has developed something similar for military ground, air and undersea unmanned systems that will work across the services, as outlined in a new video released May 1.
Behold the master of all remotes.
This Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD)-prescribed data model is a piece of software that enabled development of the Common Control System, which is comprised of many different common control services.
The Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Control Segment (UCS) software can be added to any unmanned system to make it able to communicate and work with any other.
It will run on any type of platform or hardware, and it can overlay existing systems running on propriety software to make them work with any others.
The groundbreaking UCS-2, or Universal Character Set, computer code-based software acts as a gateway that allows the warfighter to control an entire unmanned system, from the vehicle itself to its payload. The various services within the Common Control System are now available for download by all of the military services through an OSD-sponsored online “store.”