Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) experts at PAE ISR in Sterling, Va., needed mobile ad-hoc networking (MANET) capability for the company's Resolute Eagle UAV. They found their solution from Persistent Systems LLC in New York City.
The MPU5 rugged digital radio has an onboard Android operating system, and the Wave Relay MANET, integrated GPS, native video encoding and decoding, and push-to-talk audio. It helps form secure networks, unites critical data sources in real time, and handles data, video, voice.
The system can run live voice-over-internet-protocols, video, and other high-demand applications, and uses existing infrastructure to augment the capacity of a wireless network. The radio's algorithm enables users to incorporate meshed devices into the network in which the devices themselves form the communication infrastructure.
The MPU5 then enables that critical information to quickly be disseminated to mobile teams on the ground and positively impact their mission. Keeping our soldiers safe while simultaneously making them more effective is the overall goal."
"The ability to deliver real-time intelligence data from an aircraft to teams of dismounted users is a force multiplier," Rubens says. "The aircraft's small operational footprint and extremely large payload capacity enables it to carry the most advanced sensor systems available and can be operated just about anywhere."
"The aircraft's small operational footprint and extremely large payload capacity enables it to carry the most advanced sensor systems available and can be operated just about anywhere," says Herb Rubens, Persistent Systems chief executive officer.
The UAV offers landing and recovery without a runway and offers a vertical take off and landing (VTOL) option for takeoff and landing for rough terrain and maritime operations. The aircraft is 9.5 feet long, with an 18.2-foot wing span.
It can operate unrefueled for 18 hours, cruises at 50 knots at altitudes to 17,000 feet. It has an empty weight of 120 pounds, and can carry 100 pounds of fuel, communications, and sensor payloads. It takes off by catapult and lands on its belly.
"This smart platform frees up valuable space and weight and in doing so, increases the endurance and payload carrying capability of the Resolute Eagle," says Joe Sartiano, PAE ISR chief operating officer, says of the Persistent Systems MPU5 radio.
"The MPU5's unique ability to rapidly change C, L, and S bands by swapping the interchangeable frequency modules paired with the Resolute Eagle's large multi-intelligence payload capacity makes this a game-changing capability," says Jake Jacobs, PAE ISR chief technology officer. "The MPU5 and its Wave Relay MANET technology allow the Resolute Eagle to achieve higher data-rates and deliver actionable intelligence from its multi-int sensors in near real-time."