Data Ferrying with UAS

Here’s a research paper written to describe AFRL’s project using TAKServer (MARTI) to do data ferrying between disconnected systems. Abstract—The effectiveness of ground-based, wireless tactical data networks is often constrained by limitations such as communication range and line-of-sight. SATCOM is not always available because it is relatively expensive and highly contended. Data ferrying is an alternative method of data transfer …

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Saving Off-Line Maps in ATAK

Here’s a video on how to save maps for off-line use.  This is great when you want fast, detailed imagery for an area you are going to. The resulting map display is much faster, even if you have Wi-Fi access when doing the imagery, its awesome when you have cellphone-only service, and indespensible if you have neither. This works for …

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AFRL Leverages ATAK for iSTAC Program

From Defense News Systems: The Air Force is starting a new program that could potentially allow users other than the pilot to control airborne sensors—allowing shared access for multiple warfighters. The Information Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory released a presolicitation for the Information Management-Enabled Sensor Tasking and Ad Hoc Control program yesterday. [snip] AFRL plans to leverage three sets of …

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Rome Sentinel Covers ATAK

This article, somewhat in response to the Draper article was posted in the Rome Sentinel.  Its a quick overview of ATAK and TAKServer.  From the article, An Android Tactical Assault Kit application being developed for the military by the Rome Air Force Research Laboratory in conjunction with several private contractors can be used on battlefields to call in airstrikes, among …

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RT Covers ATAK Development

RT News (Russian Times — a Russian State media source) covers ATAK, with a somewhat negative spin, based on the Draper news report: A US lab is working on an Android application which would enable troops to call in airstrikes and control drones via a smartphone. Dubbed the Android Terminal Assault Kit (ATAK), the map-based prototype app is said to …

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Draper Works on ATAK

Draper broke the first ATAK-related story in 2013.  Here’s the original article. Draper Laboratory-led industry team is currently developing a video whiteboarding capability for the Android Terminal Assault Kit (ATAK), which enables the ground troops to easily call in air support and reduce friendly and civilian casualties during combat operations. Developed in collaboration with the US Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) …

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