Dept of Energy developing bandwidth efficient common data link for small UAS;
Cubic Corporation has announced that it has been awarded a contract valued at $1.8 million from Idaho National Laboratory to perform Phase one of a two-phase program to provide a common data link (CDL) for unmanned platforms, specifically Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS). Idaho National Laboratory is a science-based applied engineering national laboratory dedicated to supporting the U.S. Department of Energy’s missions in nuclear and energy research, science and national defense.
Phase one of the CDL for SUAS program requires the five companies selected, including Cubic, to complete a specified portion of the waveform development for a next-generation CDL known as Bandwidth Efficient Common Data Link (BE-CDL Rev B). The BE-CDL Rev B system will be used for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) and Command/Control (C2) data communications between unmanned aircraft and other military communications devices.