Unmanned Systems

Vortex DDS is a proven real-time solution that is being used to develop and deploy mission-critical unmanned air, ground and maritime vehicles and robotic platforms.

The nature of Unmanned Systems is evolving as more technically advanced and complex systems and applications are developed and deployed.  The use of Unmanned Systems is growing rapidly as they offer many benefits over traditional methods including increased efficiency, performance, persistence, reliability, versatility, reduced costs, improved safety and reduced risk to human life.

There are numerous examples of Unmanned Systems in both military and non-military applications and increasing numbers of these are using Vortex OpenSplice.  These include Autonomous Harvesting (AH), Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), Unmanned Air Systems (UAS), Unmanned Combat Aircraft Systems (UCAS), Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV), Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV), Unmanned Maritime Systems (UMS), Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUV), Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV), Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASV), and Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USV).

Two key challenges for Unmanned Systems as identified by the US Department of Defense (DoD) in its Unmanned Systems Integrated Roadmap are:

  • Interoperability – to achieve the full potential of unmanned systems, these systems must operate seamlessly across the domains of air, ground and maritime and also operate seamlessly with manned systems.
  • Communications – unmanned systems rely on communications for command and control of information.  DoD must continue to address frequency and bandwidth availability, link security, link ranges, and network infrastructure to ensure availability for operational/mission support of unmanned systems.

Vortex DDS is the leading implementation (commercial and open source) of the Object Management Group's (OMG) Data Distribution Service for Real-Time Systems (DDS) and is ideally suited to the complex and demanding, mission-critical, real-time interoperability and communications needs of a wide variety of Unmanned Systems.

A key tenet of Vortex DDS from its inception has been to deliver "the right data to the right place at the right time", traits which are ideally suited to the exacting mission-critical requirements of Unmanned Systems. Vortex OpenSplice possesses the requisite interoperability and flexibility in order to meet the multiple communication challenges within Unmanned Systems.  It realizes this by providing a complete implementation of the DDS real-time middleware open standard which meets the exacting requirements for high performance, scalability and quality of service (QoS).