Aerospace & Defense

Information Technology


Emerging Capabilities

Air Vehicle Control


VCS-4586 specializes in multiple vehicle control and providing operators the ability to effectively manage sensor platforms and focus on mission tasks. To facilitate this, VCS-4586 features a high level of autonomous vehicle control with the AV Control panel. Using the point-and-click interface or the keypad entry, operators can send mission, loiter, and other control commands to the vehicle with the software determining and executing the optimal course of action. These actions are implemented in a manner that keeps the vehicles within their respective operational envelopes.


The user-interface is engineered to keep operators fully aware of commanded intentions and vehicle status. Operators see details such as:

  • VCS-calculated dead reckoned position of the AV
  • Range (distance) of the AV from the configured GDT
  • Current airspeed as reflected by the vehicle in indicated air speed (IAS), true air speed (TAS) or ground speed (GS)
  • AV reported airspeed in the following readout colors:
    • Black: VCS-4586 has not yet received an initial reported value from the AV
    • Green: Reported value is within the normal operating value and not in conflict with the commanded value
    • White text on goldenrod background (caution color): Reported value is in the caution range
    • White text on red background (warning color): Reported value is in the warning range
    • Orange (link loss color): Reported value is no longer reported due to communications link loss
  • Current engine speed in revolutions per minute (RPM)
  • AV’s altitude (pitch and roll angles) as a numeric value and represented on an artificial horizon graphic
  • Altitude and climb rate value in various units:
    • Pressure (Pres)
    • Barometric (Baro)
    • Mean sea level (MSL)
    • Above ground level (AGL)
  • Heading value with respect to true north or magnetic north
  • Current level of interoperability (LOI) as reported by the AV
  • Physical representation of fuel level as reported by the AV (color changes based on configurable caution or warning conditions on a specified fuel level)
  • Miscellaneous parameter readouts such as:
    • Exhaust gas temperature (EGT)
    • Cylinder head temperature (CHT)
    • Rotor air temperature (RAT)
    • Bus voltage (Bus)



The AV Control panel is the main panel for sending commands to the AV. Operators can use the various sliders and buttons to:

  • Fly the AV at a specific airspeed using the speed slider or speed keypad entry
  • Use manual, configuration, configuration at waypoint airspeed mode
  • Roll the AV at a specific angle using the circular roll slider
  • Fly the AV to a heading at a certain heading rate and to a course with the command sliders or command keypad entry
  • Fly the AV to a specific altitude at a specific climb rate
  • Command the AV to assume a vehicle specific emergency mode during a loss of link condition
  • Use a drop-down list box to switch the focus between configured vehicles
  • Terminate the current flight by enabling engine kill or chute deploy
  • Command the AV to assume a built-in flight mode including:
    • Knobs
    • Autopilot
    • Points Navigation
    • Camera Guide 
    • Mission 
    • Launch
    • Autoland
    • Waveoff
  • Send IFF Indent squawk commands
  • Turn off all radio transmitters or return them to the state they were in prior to being extinguished
  • Select four parameters out of 30 to display the values of on the panel

System Requirements

VCS-4586 is configured to operate effectively on a variety of PC-based hardware configurations. Supported operating systems include Linux and Windows.

Software Delivery

All of our software packages, licenses, and documentation are delivered electronically through our secure customer portal. Once all required legal documentation and accounting related matters are processed, unique login credentials are provided along with the URL to the customer portal. A hard-copy can also be provided.