Combat & Casualty Care

Q1 2016

Military Magazines in the United States and Canada, Covering Combat and Casualty Care, first responders, rescue and medical products programs and news\Tactical Defense Media

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Page 21 of 35 20 | Combat & Casualty Care | Spring 2016 Unmanned Medical Response Demonstration in unmanned air systems shows integrated coordination from single controller in enabling medical casualty response. By Edward Lundquist, C&CC Correspondent A flight demonstration using a hand-held tablet has shown how unmanned air and ground vehicles can be supervised together by a single operator, and how big and small businesses can work together. The demonstration was conducted recently at Kaman Aerospace in Bloomfield, CT, involving a Lockheed / Kaman CQ-24A K-MAX autonomous helicopter, Neya Systems' UxInterceptor Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV), all coordinated through Neya's Mission Management platform. During the medical casualty response and resupply scenario, a distress call from a ground unit reporting a casualty led ground operators to send an unmanned ground vehicle to assess the area and injured party. The ground operators, who were using controls stations that communicated with each other using the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Control Segment (UCS) architecture, requested airlift by unmanned K-MAX of one individual who was injured—simulated in the scenario by a mannequin. UCS provides a common basis for acquiring, integrating, and extending the situational awareness and capabilities of the control systems for unmanned systems. From the ground, the K-MAX operators used a tablet to determine the precise location and a safe landing area to provide assistance to the team. When the UAS arrived at the scene, the two unmanned vehicles were given instructions by a single operator using a Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) Evacuation and Resupply Tactical Interface (VERTI) Medic Interface and UxFleet / Collaborative Mission Planning system from Neya Systems. The injured team member was then strapped into a seat on the side of the unmanned K-MAX, which was then able to fly the casualty to a safe area for treatment. Today, virtually all unmanned systems have their own unique and proprietary control system, communications and data links. The UCS architecture decomposes capabilities provided by these control systems and data links, independent of the platform. With UCS, legacy systems can be adapted for use with common control stations by opening up their capabilities, and integrating them with open UCS interfaces, making existing systems not only interoperable but readily upgradable. The flight test showed how the UCS Architecture can integrate a handheld GCS with the aircraft and ground vehicle and enable collaborative activities between multiple autonomous platforms. Neya Systems, a small business located in Wexford, Pa., near Pittsburg, was the prime on the effort, and developed the rapid prototype and demonstration effort leveraging several different via Vertical Lift med response An on-scene operator assumed simultaneous supervisory control of both the unmanned aircraft and ground vehicle using a hand-held Android tablet. (Photo by Neya Systems)

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