Lockheed Martin Demonstrates Full Spectrum of Unmanned Systems Technology

Indago platform operating with electro-optic/infrared payload, mobile ground control station, and 3D mapping tools debuts in Dubai

A successful unmanned mission requires seamless integration of the platform, payload, ground control system and software.

During the RTex conference in Dubai, Lockheed Martin successfully demonstrated how its Indago quadrotor unmanned aerial system (UAS) paired with an electro-optic/infrared payload can improve situational awareness for operators by creating 3D models of the areas covered by the UAS.

Behind every unmanned platform is a command and control suite that enables operators to monitor and execute missions. The demonstration showcase the mobile ground control station (mGCS), a portable, handheld controller that simplifies the user experience and allows the operator to focus on high level mission execution rather than flight details.

Throughout the flight, the Indago broadcasted its video and data feed to Lockheed Martin CDL Systems-developed 3D mapping tools. The video feed is recreated onto a 3D earth model, which produces a growing orthomosaic map of the areas covered by the Indago. Orthomosaic maps provide accurate, scaled maps of elevation, slope and other terrain data. The 3D mapping technology allows operators to take a live video from any aircraft and place it into 3D to recreate buildings, trees and hills in real time.

The 3D mapping technology is currently being used in the UAE to monitor daily construction progress of high-rise building projects. Because the digital architectural drawings are loaded directly through the mapping tool, daily progress models can be precisely compared to the drawings to determine any problems very early in the construction process.

The Indago and its software will also be used once construction is complete to carry out unmanned high altitude building inspections in a safe and timely manner.