2 September 2004 Modular mission payload architecture
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The current problem of integrating new payloads into current Unmanned Vehicle Systems is becoming more prevalent as the vehicles become more capable. The increase in payload capacity allows for new types of payloads to be carried and facilitates the option of carrying multiple payloads per mission. This added capability creates integration difficulties. Modifying the vehicle and ground station software with each new payload is unacceptable. Software integration, regression and safety concerns make the integration effort costly and lengthy. The Modular Mission Payload Architecture addressed these issues with a web-centric network-based solution that migrates the command and control interface of modular mission payloads from inside the ground control station and vehicle management systems to a separate controller in the vehicle. This migration and a common interface minimize modifications to system hardware and software to incorporate new payloads, thus reducing engineering development time, facilitating quicker integration at lower costs and allowing payload commonality across services and platforms.
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Clay Armstrong, Clay Armstrong, } "Modular mission payload architecture", Proc. SPIE 5422, Unmanned Ground Vehicle Technology VI, (2 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.553031; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.553031


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