isn’t always one.
Unmanned systems are changing the way militaries operate and protect forces, the way first responders fight fires and how researchers explore the ocean terrains. The success of an unmanned system in any domain is best demonstrated by the way it integrates with manned activity and serves as a capability multiplier, rather than a one-for-one swap. Lockheed Martin’s portfolio emphasizes the human-machine team to expand capabilities, whether conducting tactical surveillance in a war zone, dousing forest fires, moving supplies in a convoy or inspecting underwater pipelines.
Elements of Robotics and Autonomy in Unmanned Systems
Lockheed Martin’s unmanned technologies enable our systems to go farther, operate longer and succeed in harsh or dangerous conditions. Within these systems are elements that make them smart – and ultimately help users make intelligent decisions.
|In addition to using cameras and sensors, unmanned systems are programmed to sense and navigate the world and challenging terrains.||Incredible computing capabilities onboard the platform and within the ground control allow systems to communicate with teams of humans and other systems.||Affordable, portable and long-lasting power sources help the system to improve mobility and speed up processing ability.||Technologies on and off the platform help the unmanned system to understand its task and how to respond to obstacles, weather conditions and other unknown interferences.||Unmanned technologies help the human operators understand the environment and take action in a variety of missions, ranging from military to civil and commercial.|
Meeting Challenging Missions
As our service customers evolve their unmanned missions, we’re increasing expeditionary capabilities, providing longer endurance and beyond-line-of-sight communications, offering a wider variety of payloads and increased payload capabilities, and focusing on survivability and reliability.
Time is critical for first responders and firefighters, and unmanned systems can help to reduce both time and cost in scenarios like search and rescue, firefighting and disaster relief, where manned assets may be grounded, or roads unimproved.
As commercial use of unmanned systems becomes more reliable and safe, new uses for these systems will continue to proliferate, which will increase productivity, reduce operating costs, and increase safety for workers.
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Air, Land and Sea Systems
Our portfolio of sophisticated unmanned systems are currently being used for a variety of lifesaving military and commercial applications, and the demand for these capabilities is growing. Click below to learn more.
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Unmanned Systems in the News
DARPA Sees Cockpit Assistance Building Pilots’ Trust In Autonomy
Aviation Week, November 18, 2016
A Team of Drones Pulls Off a (Staged) Search-and-Rescue Mission
Defense One, November 15, 2016
K-MAX and SARA team up for unmanned firefighting demo
Flight Global, November 15, 2016
A surface vessel just commanded a submarine to launch an aircraft—all unmanned
Ars Technica, October 20, 2016
Robot Submarine Launches Drone at Command of Autonomous Ship
Popular Science, September 28, 2016
711th Human Performance Wing researches Human-Machine Trust
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, September 23, 2016
Lockheed's Sikorsky acquisition brought Black Hawks — and iPad-piloted helicopters
Washington Business Journal, September 23, 2016