GA-ASI’s I2C Makes Situational Awareness More Affordable Using Automation & UX-Based Design

PARIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The new Integrated Intelligence Center (I2C) from General
Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) presents innovative ways to
improve the user experience for operators of Remotely Piloted Aircraft
(RPA) using automation and user experience-based design (UX).


“I2C will rapidly transform data into actionable
intelligence,” said David R. Alexander, president, GA-ASI. “We see
benefits to the warfighter on many fronts, including the reduction of
operational cost – whether it’s Ground Ops, Air Ops, or Intel Ops. By
combining XC2, Automatic Takeoff and Landing, MMC and our single-seat
Certifiable Ground Control Station, we will reduce manning by 50
percent.”

GA-ASI’s modular and open software architecture designs promote
horizontal integration of third party software and rapid integration of
new capabilities, making the following developments the ideal set of
Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) tools for
streamlined and improved collaboration:

  • eXpeditionary Command & Control (XC2): XC2 laptop leverages GA-ASI’s
    Advanced Cockpit development by porting select capabilities to a
    ruggedized laptop. A forward-deployed maintainer can use the laptop to
    employ automated pre-flight and post-flight checklists that reduce
    setup times by up to 50 percent, and reduces the airlift requirements
    by eliminating the need for a forward-deployed Ground Control Station
    (GCS).
  • Certifiable Ground Control Station (CGCS): The CGCS enables
    single-seat operations to reduce manpower requirements. Its tactical
    situation display unifies ISR and C4ISR data, as well as mission
    planning into a single Common Operating Picture (COP). The integrated
    Collins Pro Line Fusion® enables CGCS certifiability for
    operation in national airspace.
  • Multi-Mission Controller (MMC): The MMC enables a single user to
    safely control multiple aircraft and perform transit and routine ISR
    missions using a hand controller. When an aircraft is tasked with
    performing more dynamic ISR or a strike mission, MMC allows a rapid
    handoff of the aircraft to a dedicated GCS, where a mission crew can
    take control.
  • Metis – Automated intelligence Collection Management – Metis is a
    map-based interface that enables a pre-approved Metis user to request
    ISR products from the RPA, similar to ordering a car from Uber. Once
    the Metis user sends a task, it’s transmitted to MMC in real time. The
    MMC user selects the task and an integrated third party auto-router
    automatically generates a safe route to the requested target.
  • STARE Imagery: The System for Tactical Archival, Retrieval, and
    Exploitation’s (STARE) Common Operation Picture shows aircraft
    locations, where the operator can look and what they are looking at.
    The Multi-INT exploitation tool ingests, archives, disseminates and
    makes ISR data discoverable for imagery analysts to utilize. STARE
    reduces data exploitation tasks from hours to minutes.
  • Automation of Intel Ops: I2C integrates third party
    capabilities and software services to make Intel analysts more
    effective. Automated Activity Alerts – based on Multi-INT data
    correlation – reduces the need for eyes-on RPA sensor data to pick out
    significant activity. GA-ASI is partnering with best-of-breed
    companies specializing in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine
    Learning with proven AI-based systems deployed across multiple
    commercial sectors. GA-ASI works with these businesses to train their
    AI capability with MQ-9, MQ-1C and Predator ISR data.

These tools and capabilities are either operationally deployed,
undergoing customer operational assessment or are actively flying
aircraft.

Hi-resolution images of the Integrated Intelligence Center are
available to qualified media outlets from the listed GA-ASI media
contact. For all Paris Air Show announcements from GA-ASI, go to
www.ga-asi.com/paris-2019.

About GA-ASI

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), an affiliate of
General Atomics, is the leading designer and manufacturer of proven,
reliable Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and
electro-optic and related mission systems, including the Predator®
RPA series and the Lynx® Multi-mode Radar. With more than
five million flight hours, GA-ASI provides long-endurance,
mission-capable aircraft with integrated sensor and data link systems
required to deliver persistent flight that enables situational awareness
and rapid strike. The company also produces a variety of ground control
stations and sensor control/image analysis software, offers pilot
training and support services, and develops meta-material antennas. For
more information, visit www.ga-asi.com.

Predator and Lynx are registered trademarks of General Atomics
Aeronautical Systems, Inc.

Contacts

Robert Walker
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.
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(858) 524-8108
ASI-MediaRelations@ga-asi.com

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