As with many military disciplines, unmanned systems have evolved from humble beginnings as support vehicles to full-fledged intelligence and combat platforms. Signal processing sophistication has increased, and with it the capabilities that unmanned systems can bring to the fight. Now, these systems are being employed in all manner of uses in the military and civilian arenas, and innovations are erupting faster than engineers can envision them. SIGNAL’s December issue takes the drone perspective in looking over the horizon of research into future unmanned systems.
- The U.S. Navy makes strides in carrier- based manned and unmanned aircraft teaming, which may change the way future warfighters operate.
- Army researchers and scientists from academia are developing an army of autonomous protective robots.
- The Naval Research Laboratory's Flying Swimmer, or FLIMMER, is an unmanned flying fish for air and underwater operations.
The December 2014 issue of SIGNAL includes more content covering traditional and new areas of interest:
- The U.S. Army's Communications- Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Command sets new priorities for supporting the warfighter.
- Expanding business internationally requires special steps as part of an organized plan.