Project Description

Client: General Dynamics

Challenge: Develop simulation for drone systems

Results: $6 million infrastructure savings and an estimated yearly labor savings of $1 Million

Working with General Dynamics we developed a closed loop simulation that integrated directly with land-based drones and robotic machine vision systems known as MDARS (Mobile Detection Assessment and Response System). This simulation enabled General Dynamics to save millions on field testing and dramatically improved the development process. Post deployment of MDARS at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) has resulted in a $6 million infrastructure savings and an estimated yearly labor savings of $1 Million. Our expertise in Application Development, Database Management and Administration, Geographic Information Services, 3d simulation / Game Development, and Human/Computer Interface Development enabled General Dynamics to rapidly develop a best-in-class land-based drone with the following capabilities:

  • Completes autonomous, random patrol missions as scheduled, or can be remotely operated by joystick
  • Detects intruders at 200 meters
  • Detects breached security locks
  • Monitors Radio-Frequency (RF) tagged inventory
  • Control station allows the operator to manage up to 16 MDARS vehicles simultaneously
  • Equipped with real-time obstacle-avoidance systems and 360-degree sensors
  • Distributed control system
  • Communications network of relay/repeaters installed on the ground provides redundant RF coverage of the entire patrol area