Hoverfly Technologies has agreed to embed a radio communication module in two small unmanned aircraft system offerings under a five-year partnership agreement with Persistent Systems.
The Hoverfly-built LiveSky and BigSky platforms will use the Wave Relay mobile ad hoc networking radio and the sUAS manufacturer will join the Wave Relay Ecosystem, Persistent Systems said Tuesday.
The MANET technology will work to support connectivity for both tethered drones and help the warfighter obtain situational awareness in real time.
Rob Topping, CEO of Hoverfly, said the addition of the Wave Relay radio to the company's sUAS units can facilitate communications, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and security missions.
LiveSky and BigSky drones are powered by a tether cable and designed to fly at an altitude of up to 200 feet.
The Wave Relay Ecosystem aims to connect soldiers, unmanned systems, cameras and sensors via a single network.