You Gotta Have HART: Northrop Grumman Develops ISR Aircraft Control System

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HART system diagram(click to view larger) The US Defense Advanced Research Project Agency is working with the US Air Force Research Lab and Northrop Grumman to develop a web-based system to autonomously control manned and unmanned reconnaissance aircraft. Getting real-time information in an urban firefight can mean the difference between life and death, success and failure. The Heterogeneous Airborne Reconnaissance Team (HART) program is developing IT capabilities to feed ISR aircraft data directly to the soldiers in the field. On Feb 17/10, Northrop Grumman received a $46.2 million contract under the HART program to develop technologies enabling command and control of unmanned aircraft for the conduct of urban operations. HART will manage aircraft as they collect video imagery to support combat operations. Soldiers will use handheld computers to request images of suspected enemy positions. The system will either dynamically retrieve the information from a catalog of geo-registered images or direct the most suitable sets of aircraft to collect updated target data. Requested information is displayed on the soldiers’ handhelds within minutes after the request is issued. HART can simultaneously control multiple “tiers” of reconnaissance aircraft flying as high as 6,000 feet and scanning areas as far away as 100 miles […]

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