Unmanned systems or UAVs cover a wide range of applications, including: unmanned aerial, ground, sea surface and undersea systems; automated manufacturing and testing; logistics control; target prioritization; and more. Investments in unmanned systems in Georgia continue to grow and benefit the aerospace, agribusiness and defense industries.
The Georgia Applied Research Activity of the Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Tech Research Institute was awarded a contract for “development of a test and evaluation roadmap for unmanned and autonomous systems. This roadmap addressed all five major unmanned and autonomous systems domains, including air, ground and underwater, as well as sea surface and space-based systems.” This contract, and other related efforts, places Georgia at the forefront of the evolving autonomous technologies and their practical applications—both military and non-defense related.
Georgia has the workforce, knowledge base, research capacity/capability and facilities to provide a great location for any business in the unmanned systems arena.
The Maneuver Center of Excellence is an Army leader in the development of Unmanned Ground Systems (UGS), a.k.a. robots. As TRADOC’s lead for Ground Robotics, the MCoE created the Joint Ground Robotic Integration Team (JGRIT) to bring together combat developers, researchers and the acquisition community from across the Department of Defense. Comprised of more than 50 organizations, the JGRIT integrates plans, initiatives and developments required to field Ground Robotic capabilities.
Integral to the MCoE’s UGS efforts is the Maneuver Battle Lab’s (MBL) live, virtual, and constructive experiments to inform emerging UGS requirements. The MBL sponsors two major robotic events annually-the Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiment and the Robotics Rodeo-to allow robotic developers to demonstrate new capabilities to users in operational scenarios. In addition to being TRADOC’s lead for Ground Robotics, it is the combat developer for the UGS used by the maneuver forces. These systems enhance the operational capability of our Soldiers by providing protection, persistence and endurance. MCoE’s contribution in Unmanned Ground Systems will influence their development from the Soldier to the entire military.
National Security Associates is located on 700 acres in Chattahoochee County bordering Ft. Benning. NSA’s success in the test and evaluation arena has been established by our anticipating and understanding the customer’s needs, and then using our flexible testing facility to exceed the customer’s expectations. Complementing the UV range is a shoot house, urban village, various weapons ranges, breaching areas and varied topography and road conditions which can be easily integrated into the customer’s test. NSA can accommodate virtually any UGV testing/training requirement. If you would like to obtain additional information, please contact Ron Gibson, (706) 989-1922 or www.teamnsa.com.
In June 2011, AIM Academy opened in Blakely, Georgia. Located about an hour South of Ft. Benning, AIM is a 2300-acre military/paramilitary training and testing facility. They are in the process of developing an unmanned vehicle facility that can be used by units for training and by industry for testing. It will cater primarily to UGVs, but coordination is underway with the FAA to also allow the use of UAVs.
In addition to NSA, Georgia stakeholders (government, private industry, academia) are working together to establish another aerial vehicle testing facility. The facilities above, along with Middle Georgia College, will make it easier for Georgia companies to have easier access to both flight test airspace and ground testing facilities.