PAE ISR recently chose Persistent Systems’ MPU5 Wave Relay mobile ad hoc networking (MANET) technology for its Resolute Eagle UAS.
Capable of running live voice-over-internet-protocols, video, and other high demand applications, the system augments the capacity of a wireless network using existing infrastructure.
Additionally, users can incorporate a variety of meshed devices into the network—thanks to the radio’s algorithm—in which the devices themselves form the communication infrastructure.
“We’re excited about the capability of the MPU5 radio,” says Joe Sartiano, PAE ISR chief operating officer.
“This smart platform frees up valuable space and weight and in doing so, increases the endurance and payload carrying capability of the Resolute Eagle. PAE ISR, as well as other agencies, understand and want the increased performance of the MPU5 radio on their ISR platforms to maximize mission success.”
A single, reconfigurable aircraft that comes in two configurations—standard and vertical take-off and landing (VTOL)—the Resolute Eagle UAS has a flight time ranging from 12 to 18 hours-plus, depending on configuration.
Capable of operating independent of a runway, the UAS offers the VTOL configuration for deployment and recovery in challenging conditions, such as maritime and special operations.
Other unique features of the aircraft include its large payload capacity of more than 75 pounds, as well as low acoustic signature at mission altitudes, small logistical footprint, and significant power onboard for multi-intelligence payload integration.
“The ability to deliver real-time intelligence data from an aircraft to teams of dismounted users is a force multiplier,” explains Dr. Herb Rubens, Persistent Systems chief executive officer.
“The aircraft’s small operational footprint and extremely large payload capacity enables it to carry the most advanced sensor systems available and can be operated just about anywhere. The MPU5 then enables that critical information to quickly be disseminated to mobile teams on the ground and positively impact their mission.”
Rubens adds, “keeping our soldiers safe while simultaneously making them more effective is the overall goal.”
This article was first published on January 2, 2019 by our partner AUVSI.