PAE ISR engineers boost Resolute Eagle UAS networking, endurance, payload capacity with Persistent Systems MPU5

PAE ISR engineers boost Resolute Eagle UAS networking, endurance, payload capacity with Persistent Systems MPU5

PAE ISR engineers in Sterling, Virginia, have selected MPU5 Wave Relay mobile ad hoc networking (MANET) technology from Persistent Systems LLC in New York for the company’s Resolute Eagle unmanned aircraft system (UAS) platform. The MPU5 helps to free space and weight, and maximize mission success, officials say.

"We're excited about the capability of the MPU5 radio," says Joe Sartiano, PAE ISR chief operating officer. "This smart platform frees up valuable space and weight and in doing so, increases the endurance and payload carrying capability of the Resolute Eagle. PAE ISR, as well as other agencies, understand and want the increased performance of the MPU5 radio on their ISR platforms to maximize mission success."

PAE ISR engineers in Sterling, Virginia, have selected MPU5 Wave Relay mobile ad hoc networking (MANET) technology from Persistent Systems LLC in New York for the company’s Resolute Eagle unmanned aerial system platform. The MPU5 helps to free space and weight, and maximize mission success, officials say.

The system can run live voice-over-internet-protocols (VoIP), video, and other high-demand applications. Plus, it utilizes existing infrastructure to augment the capacity of a wireless network. The radio's algorithm allows users to incorporate vast numbers of meshed devices into the network in which the devices themselves form the communication infrastructure.
 
The MPU5 can rapidly change C, L, and S bands by swapping the Interchangeable Frequency Modules paired with the Resolute Eagle’s large multi-intelligence payload capacity. Jake Jacobs, PAE ISR chief technology officer, calls it a game-changing capability. “The MPU5 and its Wave Relay MANET technology allow the Resolute Eagle to achieve higher data-rates and deliver actionable intelligence from its multi-int sensors in near real-time,” he says.
 
The Resolute Eagle platform is a single, reconfigurable aircraft available in two configurations: standard and vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) with a flight endurance of 12 to 18+ hours depending on configuration. It is runway independent and offers the VTOL configuration for deployment and recovery in challenging conditions, including maritime and special operations. The aircraft has a payload capacity of 75-plus pounds (34 kilograms), low acoustic signature at mission altitudes, small logistical footprint, and significant power onboard for multi-intelligence payload integration.
 
"The ability to deliver real-time intelligence data from an aircraft to teams of dismounted users is a force multiplier," says Dr. Herb Rubens, Persistent Systems chief executive officer. "The aircraft's small operational footprint and extremely large payload capacity enables it to carry the most advanced sensor systems available and can be operated just about anywhere. The MPU5 then enables that critical information to quickly be disseminated to mobile teams on the ground and positively impact their mission. Keeping our soldiers safe while simultaneously making them more effective is the overall goal."
 
PAE ISR LLC provides intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) solutions and services to U.S. government agencies, NATO, and other international organizations. A systems integrator and full-service provider for unmanned aerial systems, PAE ISR has experience in system integration, test and evaluation, operations and maintenance, logistics, training, deployment support, and leased UAS services.
 
Headquartered in New York City since 2007, Persistent Systems LLC is a global communications technology company that develops and manufactures a patented and secure Mobile Ad hoc Networking (MANET) system: Wave Relay. Wave Relay transmits and receives data, video, voice, and other applications under the most difficult conditions. Its suite of products is utilized in commercial, military, government, industrial, agriculture, robotics, and unmanned systems markets.  
 

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