SensorSky

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SensorSky was presented for the EDA EURIdea consisting on the use of unmanned aerial vehicles for sensing and observation in a military context.
Presentation by Marco Manso - RINICOM at the 6th December 2013 in Athens, Greece.

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SensorSky

  1. 1. SensorSky – Sensors in the Sky There is an increasing interest in the use of UAS supporting Defence and Warfare operations UAS can carry advanced sensing capabilities and weaponry. However, operating UAS often require the use of satellite communications, limiting the extent of their use. SensorSky: Implement sensor networks and mesh communications in UAS. The mesh capability provides e.g., multi-hop link (UAS-toUAS), dynamic network reconfiguration (coping with high mobility aspects) and aerial-ground support (UAS link to vehicles and troops). Deploy multiple UAS for a dramatic mission efficiency gain: assess space and time configurations allowing to cover/monitor wide areas, better support to ground assets, etc.
  2. 2. SensorSky – Sensors in the Sky The concept of the Mobile Ad hoc NETworks (MANET) has been exploited for ground assets. We propose exploring this concept to the air domain. CATEC UAVs to be CATEC UAVs to be extended with sensors extended with sensors and mesh comms and mesh comms Challenges: - Sensor networking configurations (meeting mission req.) - Implement 360º radio comms supporting Mesh in UAS - Dynamic network topology - maximise performance (e.g., smart routing, # hops), broadband - Multi-UAS cooperation (to maximise goals and performance) - Determine space and time localisation of the collective for best performance - Air space control and collision avoidance Possible Project Phases: Phase 1: Phase 2: Phase 1: Phase 2: Simulation and PoCOperational Demonstrations Simulation and PoCOperational Demonstrations RINICOM and THALES: Comms and C4I
  3. 3. SensorSky – Sensors in the Sky Military Exploitation: - Increased force survivability: improved observation and connectivity (including to ground forces) - High performance datalinks: streaming data (sensor data, imagery and video) - Increased area surveillance and monitoring: improved situational awareness. - No need for major investments in infrastructures (terrestial or space) - Dual-use potential Link to CapTech: - IAP4 (CIS & Networks) - ESM2 (Aerial Platforms) - IAP2 and IAP3 (e.g., EW, EO, IR sensors) The Consortium: THALES Communications & Security is world leader in military communications networks (satellite, radios, naval & infrastructure, airborne), command information systems and system integration FADA-CATEC is a Spanish RTO dedicated to R&D in aerospace related technologies. On going work on UAVrelated research includes aerial-ground integration and multi-robot collaboration RINICOM (UK SME): manufacturer of bespoke wireless broadband solutions for Security and Defence markets. Brings know-how on advanced networking technologies and surveillance system for autonomous systems Expertise Sought: UAV Manufacturer (complementing CATEC's systems), UAV sensor equipment provider, RTO with Simulation Expertise, End-users POC: Marco Manso – RINICOM Ltd. (marco@rinicom.com)

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