Standards-based sensor-processing tool for UAVs and manned aircraft introduced by Mercury and ITT
WASHINGTON, 18 Aug. 2011. The ITT Corp. Geospatial Systems segment in Rochester, N.Y., and Mercury Computer Systems Inc. in Chelmsford, Mass., are introducing the Federated Embedded inteL-server for Collaborative Operations (FELCO) processing solution to help transform raw sensor imagery and metadata from manned and unmanned surveillance aircraft into open-standards geospatial intelligence while the surveillance aircraft is still in the air. The sensor-processing tool helps reduce processing time lag and produces a DVR-like product that warfighters in the field can stop, rewind, review in slow motion, and resume live video.
The processing system forms information layers, including standards-based imagery and video, GPS, and moving target indicators, and transmits to one or more users in a standards-based interoperable format, company officials say.
Systems integrators with existing infrared, radar, other sensors can upgrade legacy onboard basic-downlink mission computers to the more advanced FELCO solution, company officials say. The size and power requirements of FELCO make it suitable for rugged airborne, mobile, and fixed configurations, including aerostats, helicopters, fixed-wing aircraft, and surveillance towers.