Tomorrow’s Tech: Common Control Station (Web Exclusive)



Developed to work with the future Unmanned Carrier Launched Air Surveillance and Strike system, the Common Control Station also promises to provide a single control interface for such other unmanned platforms as the MQ-8C Fire Scout (above) and MQ-4C Triton (below).



What is it?

The Navy’s Common Control Station (CCS) is a software system that allows a single station to command multiple different unmanned aircraft platforms. It supports multiple hardware configurations, complies with Defense Department and Navy architectures, uses an open commercial-off-the-shelf framework, can accommodate applications from multiple vendors, and has already undergone significant testing.

What does it do?

Naval Air Systems Command is integrating CCS software into the common display system so operators can have a single command and control capability. CCS is currently being developed and tested for the future Unmanned Carrier Launched Air Surveillance and Strike system, but ultimately it will be available for the MQ-4C Triton, MQ-8B/C Fire Scout, and other Navy unmanned aircraft systems in the future.

How will it be good for the Navy?

The need to have one control system able to operate multiple systems is critical to the future of unmanned aircraft with the Navy and Marine Corps. A common user interface will help operators move seamlessly from one system to another. By developing a single control system, we are eliminating redundant efforts and improving cost control of unmanned aviation.

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