A common data link (CDL) for small UAVs is being sought by Idaho National Laboratory.
The solicitation , due Dec. 18, asks industry to provide standardized and interoperable communications for Group 2 and 3 UAVs.
“CDL employment was previously precluded for use in many of these UAS groups due to the limited Size, Weight and Power (SWaP) budgets of the platforms,” according to the solicitation.
The project has several objectives, including correlating data from multiple platforms and real-time collection systems, automated knowledge-based cueing of sensors, and automated exploitation of data for both ISR and information operations missions.
One desired capability is for safely collecting HUMINT (human intelligence): “It is critical to examine methods of representing and storing HUMINT data without compromising the sources,” noted the solicitation. Also desired is Steganographic Intelligence (STEGINT), or discovering information hidden in mediums such as computer files.