Aerospace & Defense

Information Technology


Emerging Capabilities

Real Time Video and Sensor Control


Unmanned vehicles are primarily used for remote sensing applications as a means of supporting real-time Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) operations. VCS-4586 supports this with the Video Screener, a Core UAV Control System (CUCS) integrated application that provides the streaming and control of live full motion video through an Electric-Optic/Infrared (EO/IR) sensor to ensure maximum operational effectiveness.


The video display is where the configurable metadata overlays are displayed including:

  • Air Vehicle (AV) location, heading, and slant range
  • Sensor type, bearing, and elevation
  • Height above target
  • Target details, such as location and width
  • Date and time
  • Laser to target vector indicating the direction of the laser
  • Customizable compass rose with an arrow indicating the vehicle’s direction of travel
  • Geographical location underneath the mouse cursor
  • Digital Terrain Elevation Data (DTED) value underneath the mouse cursor
  • Sensor’s field of view or pointing angle


The video display is interactive and operators can use the video and sensor built-in features to access numerous options. By clicking on the various menus, operators can:

  • Customize which types of embedded metadata overlays to display on the video display
  • Pause video and associated metadata in real-time
  • Record live video streams with key-length-value (KLV) metadata
  • Access video playback during live recordings
  • Archive videos
  • Capture images during video recording and playback or during the live or paused video frame displayed on the screen as JPEG, TIFF, or lossless NTIF2.1 with metadata image formats
  • Freeze the video input, metadata, and its overlays in real-time
  • Measure the range and bearing of the any two points on the video display
  • Mark the fall of an artillery shot and compute north and east correction offsets
  • Select new or adjust stare-points in small increments over an area of interest
  • Enlarge the video display for a more detailed view of the captured video
  • Export video and metadata to external C41 nodes (e.g. remote video terminal (RVT) applications)
  • Toggle between EO, IR, and EO/IR fused modes
  • Dynamically control sensor zoom and use continuous zoom instead of staggered zoom
  • Operate sensor using a joystick and LCD keypad
  • Use hotkeys to access common functions
  • Adjust video brightness, contrast, hue, and saturation
  • Command the sensors into the following modes:
      • Inertial slewing: stare-point remains at a fixed coordinate and can be manually slewed)
      • Heading hold: stare-point remains at a fixed heading and can be manually slewed)
      • Point-at-Coordinates: stare-point remains fixed at a designated coordinate)
      • Autotrack: stare-point tracks the image at the center of sensor field of view)
      • Acquire: camera searches for a new target)
      • Rectangular- and strip-based wide area search patterns
      • Stare: sensor enters stare mode relative to the vehicle, using the currently reported azimuth and elevation angles of the sensor
  • Use the laser spot tracker to identify an object’s location and laser designator to measure the range to a target
  • Use the sensor to track up to five targets within the field of view
  • Aim the sensor stare-point and command two sensor point nodes
  • Move the sensor in a north, east, south, or west direction
  • Use point searches to select a stare-point and from that point forth, a specific algorithm commands the payload to spiral the sensor in a clockwise expanding square pattern
  • Use route searches to adjust search widths to one, three, or five stare-points and change the direction of the search
  • Use area search to select the starting leg and the direction of the search
  • Control the command stare-point step size, distance between the commanded stare-points for the point, route, and area searches
  • Control how many seconds the sensor stare-point must be situated on a specific area before it is considered searched (ranges from 6-20 seconds)
  • Set coverage parameters to ensure that an area is searched to defined specifications
  • Define elevation and azimuth adjustments to calibrate the laser boresight

System Requirements

VCS-4586 is configured to operate effectively on a variety of PC-based hardware configurations. Supported operating systems include Linux, Solaris (SPARC hardware only), 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

Video Screener brochure (pdf)