NASA, Collins Aerospace enter final stage of command and control data link for unmanned aircraft

Collins Aerospace Systems has announced it is entering the final stages of a nine-year project with NASA to advance technology for safe operation of unmanned aircraft in the National Airspace System, the company said.

The project creates a standards-based command and control data link for unmanned aircraft operating in civil airspace.

The project, co-funded by Collins Aerospace and which is expected to be completed in Sept. 2020, has facilitated the development of a Command Non-Payload Control (CNPC) data link waveform that informed the initial certification standards for UAS Command and Control in the NAS.

Collins Aerospace invested in a series of prototype radios to house the waveform for NASA´s flight tests. A C-Band prototype CNPC data link radio, called the CNPC-5000, was the baseline for the most recent testing and will continue to be a key component in future research and test flights for other programs.

Collins Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), is in technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defense industry.

United Technologies Corporation, based in Farmington, Connecticut, provides high-technology systems and services to the building and aerospace industries.