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    NATO observes unmanned aircraft

    NATO observes unmanned aircraft

    Photo By Sgt. William Hill | A developer from the 711th Human Performance Wing, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base,...... read more read more



    Story by Sgt. William Hill 

    Camp Atterbury Indiana

    CAMP ATTERBURY JOINT MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER, Ind. – NATO representatives from around the world visited Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center, Ind., May 6, to observe unmanned aerial vehicle flight tests.

    UAVs are remotely piloted unmanned aircraft, meaning an aircraft that can be flown without a human crew on board.

    They can be used as a surveillance system, keeping servicemembers out of the cockpit and away from danger.

    Representatives from seven NATO countries along with representatives from each branch of the U. S. military viewed the UAV exercise.

    Developers from the 711th Human Performance Wing, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, demonstrated how a single person can operate multiple UAVs to monitor different locations.

    Doug Zimmer, UAV program manager from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, said his team studied technologies that will help one UAV operator fly up to four UAVs at the same time.

    "Being able to fly four UAVs [simultaneously] will lessen your logistic foot print and requires less people," he said. "Right now it takes several people to operate one UAV."

    Mark Draper, chairman of the NATO task group, said the group of representatives focuses on how to use multiple unmanned systems to perform various missions.

    "Each one of these researchers [plays a vital role] in multiple vehicle control and each of them brings lessons learned, questions, and ways to solve those questions to the team as we learn from each other." said Draper.

    Leo Vanbreda, NATO representative for the Netherlands, said he enjoyed the demonstration because he has never seen the sensory images in actual flight, only in simulations.

    "I appreciate to see how the system works, and how the images are projected on the screen," Vanbreda said, commenting on the surveillance capability of the UAV.

    The NATO team will take what they learned here back to their countries and share the technology to help build better surveillance systems.



    Date Taken: 05.07.2010
    Date Posted: 05.07.2010 21:12
    Story ID: 49310
    Location: CAMP ATTERBURY, IN, US 

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