UNIFIED GROUND CONTROL STATION
Unified Ground Control Station - UGCS
The Unified Ground Control Station (UGCS) software application provides a unified interface that seamlessly scales across different hardware devices and display resolutions. It is designed around a DO-178C architecture and built to be hardware and operating system (OS) agnostic – running in Windows™, Linux, and Android. The underlying software is based on non-proprietary, open, Unmanned systems Control Segment (UCS) Modular Services Oriented Architecture (MOSA). The interface from the UGCS to the unmanned aircraft is STANAG 4586 compliant. The UGCS has a host of user-friendly features designed by Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) operators and human-factors experts. The UGCS has flown everything from a small quadrotor to a large, unmanned Blackhawk helicopter as well as tactical fixed-winged and air launched effects (ALE) platforms.
The UGCS software as well as hardware shown below is radio system independent. The UGCS is integrated with numerous Internet Protocol (IP) radios that include both Government Off The Shelf (GOTS) (e.g. L3 Rover 6™, Cubic MMT™) as well as Commercial off-the-Shelf (COTS) point to point and mesh radio systems (e.g. Wave Relay™, Silvus™, etc.).
UGCS - 500 (Expeditionary)
The 500 represents a rugged expeditionary form factor that supports multiple 1080p touchscreen devices. The user can interact with the application via touchscreen, roller-ball, mouse, or game-controller. The software application is typically configured to run on a Windows and/or a customer-specific version of Linux.
UGCS - 400 (Hand-Held Devices)
The 400 is designed to run on a single-screen or dual-screen hand-held device. The 400 series supports the use of commercial off-the-shelf tablets and Android phones. The software application is typically configured to run on Windows, Android, or Linux, depending on the form factor selected.
UGCS - 300 (Laptop)
The 300 is a military rugged, industrial or COTS laptop version of the application. The user interface is configured to natively support touchscreen input, mouse, and/or COTS game-controllers. The software application is typically configured to run on Windows or a customer-specific versions of Linux.
UGCS - 200 (Tablet)
The 200 is a military rugged, industrial, or COTS tablet version of the application. The user interface is configured to support devices of any display resolution or size. The software application is typically configured to run on Windows, Android, or a customer-specific versions of Linux.
UGCS - 100 (Phone)
The 100 is a rugged, COTS, Android-based phone version of the application. It can be mounted on the chest or unmounted and placed in a pocket or held easily in one hand. It can also be integrated with the Android Tactical Assault Kit (ATAK) for higher fidelity of control of unmanned systems and weapon systems.