SURVICE Engineering, acting as lead system integrator, recently conducted an Unmanned Logistics System – Air (ULS-A) Joint Capability Technology Demonstrator (JCTD) Operational Demonstration at Fort A. P. Hill, Virginia. This event, supervised and overseen by U.S. government sponsors and supported by SURVICE teammates from Malloy Aeronautics and Near Earth Autonomy (NEA), represented the capstone event associated with the 3-year ULS-A JCTD program.
Over 100 missions were conducted, which included training Warfighters who planned and operated the aircraft/drones. One of the significant milestones was delivering 1,024 pounds of supplies 7 kilometers away using the TRV 150 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in under 6 hours (5hrs 42min). NEA autonomy sensor technologies demonstrations included beacon landing and landing zone evaluation. Receiving Warfighter feedback on this emerging capability was one of the most important aspects of the event and will inform requirements, concepts of operation, and military acquisition considerations.