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Enhancing ISR for Unmanned Aircraft Systems October 2009. Introductions. Matt Malek Director, Strategic Operations Mike Bruchanski Business Development Manager. Why are we here?

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Enhancing ISR for

Unmanned Aircraft Systems

October 2009

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Introductions

  • Matt Malek Director, Strategic Operations
  • Mike Bruchanski Business Development Manager
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Why are we here?

Optimize the air system

Improve mission effectiveness

Enhance situational awareness

How can AGI software support your needs?

Mission

agi basics
AGI basics
  • COTS software for analysis and visualization
  • Models object in space over time
  • Analyze and understand relationships
  • Constrain relationships
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Aircraft and ISR focus

Global Navigation

Satellite Systems

Real-Time Data Feeds

Terrain & Cityscape Modeling

Antenna Modeling

Imagery & Map Data

Radar Analysis

Sensor Modeling

Constraints for Visibility

Spacecraft Design & Operation

Communications

Link Analysis

Weather & Atmospheric

Effects

System Performance Analysis

Ground Facility Modeling

differentiators and benefits
Differentiators and benefits
  • Right answers, Right now
  • Open architecture
  • Scalable
  • Lower cost
  • Reduces risk
  • Increase efficiency
flexible and scalable
Flexible and scalable

Components

Desktop

Engine

agi software capabilities implemented
AGI software capabilities implemented

U.S. Marines

U.S. Air Force

AMMP

U.S. DoD

Coalition Warrior

U.S. Navy

HS - 5

U.S. Army

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Fuse data into

3DCOP

for decisions

Model route and

missions through

interactive 3D

display

Conduct trade

studies define

requirements

Engineering

and analysis

ISR Planning

Operations

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foundation of capabilities
Foundation of capabilities
  • Accurate visualization
  • Position and time
  • 3D visualization
  • Geometry engine
  • Model systems
  • Interaction between multiple objects
uas capabilities
UAS capabilities
  • Intervisibility (line of sight)
  • Route modeling
  • Payload analysis (sensors)
  • Communication analysis
  • Urban environments
case study u s navy
Case study – U.S. Navy
  • Benefits:
  • Expanded analysis capabilities
  • Reduced analysis time
  • Significant cost savings
  • Background:
  • US Navy Integrated Battlespace Arena Lab needed ISR mission planning tool
  • Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) program
  • “Above and beyond typical mission planning software”

Solution:

  • Purchase AGI desktop software to validate UAS systems
  • Modeled various UAS platforms and payloads in a single integrated environment
intervisibility line of sight1
Intervisibility - line of sight
  • What can my UAS “see?”
    • Position and time
    • Consider constraints
      • Geometry
      • Time
      • Terrain/Body Masking
      • Lighting
    • Multiple objects in chain
    • Report, display and graph data
intervisibility line of sight2
Intervisibility - line of sight
  • Application highlights
    • Access between UAS and ground target
    • Report and graph data
    • Create body mask for aircraft
    • Comparing potential locations for LOS antenna placement
intervisibility line of sight3
Intervisibility - line of sight
  • Benefits
    • Visualize complex analysis
    • Validated and verified line of sight algorithm
    • Model real world constraints
    • Evaluate system design reducing or eliminating the need for test flights
route modeling1
Route modeling
  • Aircraft performance
    • Six degree of freedom modeler
    • Based on aircraft performance
      • Define basic values
        • Airspeeds
        • Accelerations
        • Climb/decent rates
        • Fuel flow
        • Landing/take off distances
      • Vertical or standard take off
      • Change performance based on aircraft set up
route modeling2
Route modeling
  • Aircraft performance
    • Create aircraft flight plan
      • Procedures
        • Waypoint to waypoint
        • Holding patterns
        • Takeoff/Landing
        • Terrain following
      • Waypoints
        • Runways
        • Navaids
        • Other objects
    • 3D route editing
    • Import external models
route modeling3
Route modeling
  • Application Highlights
    • Edit route in 3D
    • Create new waypoints
    • Add holding pattern
    • View restricted airspace and threat areas
    • Calculate and display restricted area intrusions
    • Import existing route
route modeling4
Route modeling
  • Benefits
    • Validated and verified flight model
    • Adaptable to any aircraft
    • Flexible route editing
    • Open architecture import routes
payload performance1
Payload performance
  • Sensor modeling
    • Model field of view or field of regard
    • Placed on any point of UAS
      • Body masking
      • Angle constraints
    • Pointing information
    • Compare sensor performance
    • Calculate sensor swath
    • Customize attributes with plug-ins
payload performance2
Payload performance
  • Coverage Modeling
    • Analyze multi-asset interactions
      • Across region
      • Along a route
    • Instantaneous or cumulative
    • Apply constraints for higher-fidelity modeling
    • Generate quality figures of merit
      • Standard AGI calculations
      • Plug-in capabilities
    • Calculate satisfaction stats for each figure of merit
payload performance3
Payload performance
  • Application highlights
    • Define search region
    • Import aircraft routes
    • Model sensor zoom levels
    • Range and time coverage calculations
    • NIIRS Plug-in coverage calculations
    • View satisfaction report
payload performance4
Payload performance
  • Benefits
    • Evaluate multiple sensors in a controlled environment
    • Develop concept of operations for sensor use
    • Combine with other capabilities for full ISR planning support
case study u s marines
Case Study - U.S. Marines
  • Benefits:
  • Expanded analysis capabilities
  • Reduced analysis time
  • Significant cost savings
  • Background:
  • United States Marine Corps (USMC) needed evaluate different UASs’ sensors
  • Needed a quick assessment

Solution:

  • Purchased AGI software
    • Assess UAS systems and candidate sensors
    • Determine communication link capabilities
    • Compared electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) sensors
communication analysis1
Communication analysis
  • Communication system modeling
    • Define transmitter and receiver
      • Set power, frequency and modulation type
      • Specify antenna
    • Dynamic link performance
      • Add to object
      • Inherit object properties
    • Physical environment
      • Terrain masking and reflection
      • Atmospheric properties
      • Weather
      • Sun effects
communication analysis2
Communication analysis
  • Communication systems modeling
    • Interference effects
      • Friendly and enemy
      • Calculate jamming capabilities
    • Create reports and graphs
      • Link budget
      • View losses
    • Similar capabilities for radar
communication analysis3
Communication analysis
  • Model urban environments
    • Multipath diffraction model
    • Considers actual geometry of surrounding buildings
    • Higher fidelity and greatly reduced computational times
    • Multiple applications including:
      • Tactical mobile communications
      • Net-centric ISR architectures
      • Analysis of urban tactics
communication analysis4
Communication analysis
  • Application Highlights
    • Import urban terrain
    • Develop building mask
    • Model line of sight link
    • Gain pattern visualization
    • Received power for aircraft route
    • Analysis of urban area
    • Multipath calculations
communication analysis5
Communication analysis
  • Benefits
    • Better prediction of operational performance
    • Better understanding of mission impact
      • Model system within a system
    • Consider complex constraints
    • Adjust mission based on constraints
case study global defense contractor
Case study – Global defense contractor
  • Benefits:
  • Saved millions of US dollars by reducing the number of flight tests
  • Delivered system on time, earning additional award fees
  • Background:
  • Evaluating communication systems for airborne platforms
  • Specifically concerned with antenna coverage, due to impacts from aircraft keel

Solution:

  • Used AGI software to model “as installed” antenna patterns
  • Allowed customer to understand the coverage and blockage of various flight paths reducing the number flight tests

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isr planning and operations
ISR planning and operations
  • Rapid development
  • ISR optimization
  • 3D visualization and situational awareness
  • Sensor visualization
  • Imagery searching and retrieval
software to meet your needs
COTS development tools

Out-of-the-box API

Develop and deploy solutions

Mission operations

Enterprise integration

Thin or thick clients

Server & desktop applications

Web Services

Mission specific workflows

Create new applications

Embed into existing applications

COTS applications

Out-of-the-box GUI

Cross-functional tool

System, platform, payload design

Systems engineering

Mission analysis

Real-time analysis

Unrestricted workflows

Integrated map and globe

Integrated graphs and reports

Discover

Develop

Deploy

Software to meet your needs
develop or extend
Develop or extend
  • Create new applications
develop or extend1
Develop or extend
  • Extend existing applications
rapid development1
Rapid development
  • Move from idea to application at the speed of battle
    • Leverage AGI technology
    • Avoid deployment costs and development risk
    • Faster delivery
case study u s government
Case study – U.S. Government
  • Benefits:
  • Mission planning from 2 days to 2 hours
  • Dynamic replanning from hours to minutes
  • Plan more missions
  • Improved data collection
  • Significant cost savings
  • Background:
  • Classified US DoD customer
  • Need to improve sensor and aircraft mission planning
  • Customer needed faster delivery

Solution:

  • Used COTS development software and delivered a capability in 90 days
develop isr plan
Develop ISR plan
  • Where should I fly my UAV and when?
    • Typical planning problem
      • What do you want to see?
      • When do you want to see it?
      • Where is it located?
      • What are the constraints?
    • Complicated by real world issues
      • Large target deck with different constraints
      • Complicated geometry
      • Dynamic replanning
develop an isr plan
Develop an ISR plan
  • Target scheduling
    • Ordering of objectives
  • Airspace navigation
    • Avoiding no-fly zones
  • Aircraft routing
    • Vehicle characteristics
develop an isr plan1
Develop an ISR plan
  • Application Highlights
    • Import geometry
    • Specify targets
    • Re-task aircraft
  • Implementation of AGI Components
    • Dynamic Geometry Library
    • Terrain Analysis Library
    • Routing Library
improve your situational awareness
Improve your situational awareness
  • Effectively present decision aids
    • 2D and 3D view
      • Terrain and imagery
      • Airspaces and regions
      • Deconfliction
    • Incorporate many real time feeds
      • Cursor on target
      • Blue Force Tracking
      • Link 16
    • Collaborate and annotate
      • Manage handovers
      • Mark targets
effectively employ your sensor
Effectively employ your sensor
  • Remove the “soda straw” (limited view)
    • Video provides narrow view
      • No location context
      • Limited coverage awareness
    • Reporting near real-time data
      • Aircraft and sensor position
      • Project video on terrain and imagery
    • Video position is often incorrect
      • Correct metadata
      • Software only solution
effectively employ your sensor1
Effectively employ your sensor
  • Use historical imagery to correct metadata
effectively employ your sensor2
Effectively employ your sensor
  • Benefits
    • Improved situational awareness
    • Faster analysis
    • Implementation of AGI Components
      • Dynamic Geometry Library
      • Terrain Analysis Library
      • Insight3D
      • Video on Terrain
case study u s dod
Case Study – U.S. DoD
  • Benefits:
  • Reduced analysis time
  • More effective missions
  • Expanded dynamic replanning capabilities
  • Background:
  • Situational awareness needed for multiple UAVs
  • When do assets enter areas of interest

Solution:

  • AGI software ingests key data, performs analysis and then sends alerts when events or points of interest are identified
exploit the surveillance1
Exploit the surveillance
  • What do I do with all of this imagery?
    • Post-mission video and metadata
      • Review flight data
      • Review video data
    • Reconstruction of image collection
      • Where was the asset?
      • Where was the sensor pointed?
      • Were there any other assets that may better support the mission?
exploit the surveillance2
Exploit the surveillance
  • Traditional Image Request
  • Based on geography
  • Date
  • Scale of image
  • AGI Calculated Information
  • Sun position
  • Azimuth and elevation angle constraints
  • Image quality estimation
  • Other available assets
  • Result
  • Quicker image retrieval
  • More accurate image(s) returned based on request

Image Archive

exploit the surveillance3
Exploit the surveillance
  • Application highlights
    • Import aircraft data
    • Search video graphically
    • View synchronized video and mission data
  • Benefits
    • Improved analysis
    • Better use of intelligence data
summary
Summary
  • Ready now
  • Benefits
    • Lower cost
    • Lower risk
    • Speed to market
  • Apply to
    • Engineering and analysis
    • ISR planning
    • Operations
  • Flexible business model

*David Fishering, Frost & Sullivan, “An Assessment of the Benefits Associated with Software by Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI),” August 2008

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