Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Military Aerospace Electronics 2011-07

Members of the Unmanned Control Systems, Control Segment (UCS) working group�run by the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) are developing an architecture for future UAV control stations that will be not only embrace open standards, but meet critical safety and security certification requirements, as well. "The architectural approach for a common ground control segment is an open, flexible, scalable, and partitioned platform that addresses both information assurance and safety," says Chip Downing, director of military and aerospace at Wind River Systems in Alameda, Calif. "Designers then would be able to take existing functions and services which reside on federated platforms and migrate them to an open, partitioned environment which suit their mission needs." Hie MILS, multiple independent levels of security, approach is being adopted for this architecture. "MILS enables a common secure foundation that supports different levels of security domains on one hardware platform, allowing the connection of diverse security domains, like the U.S. Army and coalition partners, on one shared device," Downing says.