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12 November 2008

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sounds like the kind of situation were a VR style helmet might actually be useful.

I am not a fan of opening proprietary control systems. It is not right for Raytheon or anyone to demand GA open-sources it's GCS. This isn't a CD player or Blu-Ray where the industry needs standards. Standards don't always mean "better" and in fact often lead to less functionality and a lower quality product.

Predator/Reaper has over 500,000 flight hours and is increasing @ apprx. 20,000 hours a months flight time now. Who else can make that claim? Here is a link you may be interested in:

http://www.ga.com/news.php?read=1&id=36&page=2

Let software companies argue over open source; let defense contractors do their job. It should NOT be public discussion

UAV is essentially a virtualization technology decoupling the pilot cockpit from the rest of the plane. Hence the GCS is a part of the plane, and certainly not an afterthought.

It would be like forcing Apple to develop iPhone with USB instead of the Dock Connector, you'd get--
* Fewer functionalities
* Longer development cycle
* Higher cost
* More damaged iPhones by incompatible USB accessories, and
* Ball-kicking in tech support
Uncle Sam may not like that.

The article above neglects to mention the current efforts of a Joint Task Force to develop an open Control Station architecture based on common services. This Task Force is a collaboration between the US Army, USAF, and US Navy working with industry. All of the UAS prime contractors and US Government program offices for the UAS programs of record are participating in this effort. The USAF Global Hawk, Predator, and Reaper Program Offices and UAS Prime Contractors for these platforms are actively participating in this task force. Furthermore, I believe that the USAF intends to implement the UAS Control Station architecture that is developed by this task force for Global Hawk, Predator, and Reaper. The definition of the UAS Control Segment (UCS) architecture is open to industry. Notice for an industry day can be found at https://www.fbo.gov/spg/USA/USAMC/DAAH23/W58RGZ-INDUSTRY-DAYS/listing.html. Raytheon should probably attend this industry day meeting and get up to speed on what is happening in the area of Modular Open Systems Architectures for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Control Stations.

I believe that this is the same Raytheon, Falls Church that was/is the prime contractor for the Tactical Control System (TCS) program for the last decade and the supplier for the Global Hawk Ground Control Station (GCS) that is currently being re-competed. I would like to see a short article on the success stories of these two programs! Raytheon could use the following questions to help craft the article:

· How many combat flight hours does TCS have under its belt?

· How many of the aircraft that Raytheon has developed control stations for are supported in the latest TCS baseline?

· How much money has gone into TCS over the last 15 years?

· How much money has TCS saved our country?

· Please include testimonials from all of the Government Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Program Offices on how well the TCS program was run by the TCS prime contractor and how eager they all are to adopt TCS for control of their platforms.

The article above neglects to mention the current efforts of a Joint Task Force to develop an open Control Station architecture based on common services. This Task Force is a collaboration between the US Army, USAF, and US Navy working with industry. All of the UAS prime contractors and US Government program offices for the UAS programs of record are participating in this effort. The USAF Global Hawk, Predator, and Reaper Program Offices and UAS Prime Contractors for these platforms are actively participating in this task force. Furthermore, I believe that the USAF intends to implement the UAS Control Station architecture that is developed by this task force for Global Hawk, Predator, and Reaper. The definition of the UAS Control Segment (UCS) architecture is open to industry. Notice for an industry day can be found at https://www.fbo.gov/spg/USA/USAMC/DAAH23/W58RGZ-INDUSTRY-DAYS/listing.html. Raytheon should probably attend this industry day meeting and get up to speed on what is happening in the area of Modular Open Systems Architectures for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Control Stations.

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