TR Status:
Monday, April 4, 2016 - 05:00



The scope of this task request is to develop an open, common control software architecture and propose a methodology to pilot the synchronization and harmonization of the architecture across robotic and autonomous systems domains.


The prototyping of an open software architecture for a tactical air and ground RAS common controller is a Product Line Enabler program. The primary purpose of the common controller architecture is to facilitate interoperability; to reduce the cost associated with closed, proprietary controller systems; and to provide Government, Industry and Academia with common, open interface standards that enable internal and external communication between RAS and their controlling agents. Standards provide the ability to operate unlike systems and subsystems with unlike controllers by defining common logical interfaces.


This task request is a continuation and extension of one originated under the Robotics Technology Consortium (RTC) Other Transaction Agreement (“predecessor task request”), in coordination with the Joint Services (JS) Unmanned Ground Systems (UGS) Integrated Product Team (IPT), comprised of DoD stakeholders in the robotics community.  The ongoing goal of this project is to prototype an open DoD software architecture for a common controller that operates tactical air and ground RAS. The consortium members selected to participate in this task request, with the support of the Community of Interest (COI) formed under the predecessor task request which continues to remain open/accepting of new members, will develop the prototype, open, common controller software architecture and create an initial instantiation that can effectively control more than one platform and is hardware agnostic.