Aurora buys Lockheed Martin’s VCSi vehicle control software

4 May 2018 (Last Updated May 4th, 2018 11:13)

US-based aeronautics research company Aurora Flight Sciences has acquired the latest vehicle control station software product, VCS international (VCSi).

US-based aeronautics research company Aurora Flight Sciences has acquired the latest vehicle control station software product, VCS international (VCSi).

Developed by Lockheed Martin CDL Systems, the VCSi modular unmanned vehicle control software is designed to be able to control multiple vehicles at one time.

Leveraging its 25 years of expertise, the company built the newest commercial software to support the US Army.

Lockheed Martin CDL Systems business development manager Keith Purtle said: “Aurora Flight Services has been flying with our vehicle control station VCS-4586 product for the past decade.

“We are in the middle of testing VCSi flight modes and route uploads against our ground and flight software.”

“When the opportunity arose to help design and build our newest iteration, VCSi, Aurora was a preferred choice.”

The software can be used to simultaneously control systems that are capable of operating in the air, at sea or underwater.

VCSi system interfaces enable control of multiple dissimilar vehicles carrying out both commercial and military missions across the world.

Developed in Canada and free of export restriction, Lockheed’s unmanned vehicle control software is built on an open architecture framework and does not require any modifications to run on a variety of systems.

Aurora Flight Sciences senior software engineer Sean Engdahl said: “We are in the middle of testing VCSi flight modes and route uploads against our ground and flight software. Everyone is liking the new implementation of VCSi.”

VCSi software can be easily translated to support other languages and non-Latin scripts. It has been designed to support Nato Standardization Agreement 4586 and several other military and industry standards.