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Navy tests unmanned control system.

PATUXENT RIVER, Md. -- The Navy tested its newly developed Common Control System (CCS) with a submersible unmanned vehicle Dec. 7-11 at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Keyport in Puget Sound, Washington.

During the underwater missions, the CCS successfully demonstrated its capability to provide command and control to a surrogate Large Displacement Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (LDUUV).

"These tests proved that operators could use CCS from a single global operations center to plan, command and monitor UUVs on missions located anywhere in the world," said Capt. Ralph Lee, who oversees the Navy's CCS program at Patuxent River. "This event also showed us that CCS is adaptable from the UAV [unmanned air vehicle] to UUV missions."

CCS is a software architecture with a common framework, user interface and components that can be integrated on a variety of unmanned systems. It will provide common vehicle management, mission planning, and mission management capabilities for the Naval Unmanned Systems (UxS) portfolio.

The Director for Unmanned Systems' (OPNAV N99) roadmap intends for CCS to be compatible across all domains--air, surface, undersea and ground. The Navy initially plans to deploy the CCS on UAVs.

During testing, operators from Submarine Development Squadron (SUBDEVRON) 5 Detachment UUV used CCS to plan and execute several surveillance and intelligence preparation missions. The CCS sent pre-planned missions, via radio link, to the LDUUV's autonomous controller and displayed vehicle status information to the operators during the test. The vehicle was able to maneuver to the target areas and collect imagery.

"We had a really talented group of people working on this project," said Vern Brown, who supports the CCS Advanced Development team based in China Lake, California. "It was exciting taking the CCS concept of controlling an undersea vehicle from inception early in the year to a successful in-water demonstration."

Teams from the Navy's Strike Planning and Execution and Unmanned Maritime Systems program office (PMA 281); Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division; Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Pacific; Johns Hopkins and Penn State universities worked together to design, develop and test the software before demonstrating it live in December.

"Ultimately, CCS will eliminate redundant efforts, encourage innovation and improve cost control for unmanned systems," Lee said.

Caption: A surrogate Large Displacement Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (LDUUV) prepares in December 2015 to test the capability of the Navy's Common Control System (CCS) at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Keyport in Puget Sound, Wash.


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