The Power To Control: Lockheed Martin Unveils IMPERIUM® Common Control Suite For Unmanned Aerial Systems


When the stakes are high, unmanned aerial system (UAS) operations must have superior command and control capabilities for monitoring and executing missions. To address this need, Lockheed Martin launched its IMPERIUM® common control suite of hardware and software for unmanned aircraft operations. The IMPERIUM product line brings proven capabilities into a common, scalable command and control solution that can address multiple missions.

“IMPERIUM saves time and reduces the cost of fielding a new unmanned aircraft because it is based on current products that can adapt their configurations to a variety of missions,” said Jay McConville, director of business development for Unmanned Integrated Solutions at Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training. “IMPERIUM is intuitive and easy to use, which shifts the operators’ focus from flying an aircraft to flying a mission.”

With hardware options ranging from hand controllers to military grade hard shelters, IMPERIUM will provide a solution for a variety of UAS, from Group 1 through larger, more complex systems in the domestic and international markets. Its common software architecture can be integrated into virtually any platform to provide situational awareness across multiple, potentially differing, platforms.

As the demands for rapid deployments increase, IMPERIUM minimizes training requirements by implementing an easy-to-use interface that features real-time feedback, full motion video, interactive mapping capabilities, and color coded signals to warn and advise operators.

Compared to conventional systems, the IMPERIUM ground control system reduces the support equipment needed to operate UAS. Even with its smaller footprint, IMPERIUM operates without loss of features, battery backup or storage capability and can be easily expanded from three to six work stations without additional transit cases.

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