Lockheed Martin announced Aurora Flight Sciences as its first US customer for the universal unmanned vehicle control station – called Vehicle Control Station International (VCSi) – at Xponential 2018 in Denver, Colorado. The system can control dozens of heterogeneous unmanned vehicles simultaneously, and is being used to accelerate autonomous technology development.
John Molberg, business development manager for Lockheed Martin CDL Systems, said “The vehicle control station was originally launched in 1993 using a fly-by-mouse interface. In 1993 the concept of flying an aeroplane with a mouse was radical as everyone flew planes with sticks. Now of course there are very few people flying UAVs with sticks anymore, with everyone using mice and touchscreens.”
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