Connectivity Enhanced Gray Eagle (CEGE)
An internal research and development project, CEGE works as an airborne relay and also allows soldiers without a remote video terminal (ROVER), but with a data radio such as a PRC-117G or PRC 152, to access still imagery or Full-motion Video (FMV) from a Gray Eagle® Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) anytime, anywhere. It also provides an extended communications relay capability which can be used to communicate with disadvantaged users at extended ranges or that have no line-of-sight with the aircraft. This significantly expands the number of users able to receive information.
Recent testing at Yuma Proving Ground successfully demonstrated the delivery of digital imagery from UAS Aerial Node to U.S. Army NETT Warrior Radio Kits. This extended ranges of digital communications from 6 kilometers to 130 kilometers, successfully expanding operations of soldier text, video, position reporting, and voice communications. CEGE can be integrated into the UAS avionics bay or mounted on the wings in a podded configuration.
- Range/relay of digital/voice communications to disadvantaged users
- Low-cost and scalable to needs
- Communicates and translates between JTRS waveforms
- Persistent aerial node for lower/mid-tier layer
- Mobile networks that detect and connect all communications nodes
- Tailored communications hardware and software