Parallax develops cutting-edge command and control for a variety of autonomous systems. Our national and international test development and execution expertise includes test scenario development, airspace approval requirements, test execution, and post-demo analysis support. Our test and evaluation of system performance and goal demonstration features a wide array of trained unmannaed aerial vehicles (UAV) pilots with Department of Defense (DoD) sensors expertise and thousands of hours of simulation and flight demonstration experience. Our software development and vehicle interface expertise and demonstration of multi-vehicle and sensor control make us a leader in this field. Our work with the Air Force Research Laboratory Vigilant Spirit Command and Control system development is particularly noteworthy as we were able to transform a test and evaluation capability for a single platform into a multi-Service, multi-platform capability that is making its way into operational use.


Autonomy/Unmanned Systems Command and Control (C2)

Parallax operates a robust Command & Control (C2) program for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Our UAS team has well over a decade of experience in UAS systems testing in support of the Air Force Research Laboratory and has conducted thousands of hours of testing in numerous environments. This includes work on the evaluation of advanced control and display systems for semi-autonomous, remotely piloted aircraft that is critical to the development of C2 systems that enable a single operator to control multiple UAVs.

Our core capabilities include:

  • Testing
    • Control algorithms
    • Autonomy
    • Flight integration testing
    • Hardware in the loop
    • Human-machine teaming/interfaces
    • Data Links
    • Payloads
  • Concept of Operations Development
    • Surrogate or actual hardware
    • Operationally relevant simulations and flight activities
  • Mobile Test and Evaluation Center (MTEC)
    • Self-contained and mobile
    • Includes operator stations and networks for flight testing
    • Allows single operator control of multiple UAS simultaneously
    • Has simulator/simulation capability
    • Allows for an operator in the loop testing and development
    • Usable across Group 1-5 UAS testing, development, and evaluation


Vigilant Spirit

The U.S. Air Force developed Vigilant Spirit® (VS) Control Software to efficiently control multiple UAVs from a single console. The Parallax team has helped develop and test this software and is the industry expert in developing VS Vehicle Specific Modules (VS VSM).


What is Vigilant Spirit?

VS is a force-multiplier control station capability redefining human-machine teaming for unmanned systems:

  • VS is a multi role control station capability designed to task/control one or more UASs
  • Extensible, government-owned, nonproprietary, service oriented architecture
  • Composed of several software applications as part of the overall capability
    • VS Control Station (VSCS)
    • VS Simulation (VS Sim)
    • VS Vehicle Specific Module (VS VSM)
    • Numerous supporting Automation/Autonomy/Testing Services

Key features include:

  •  Effective: Intuitive HMI evaluated by operators in simulation/flight test
  •  Efficient:
    • Improved control ratios
    • Enables single operator control of multiple assets
    • Multiple teaming roles – add/remove operators as required
  • Scalable:
    • Different devices
    • Display configurations
    • Display layout (tools)
  • Cost Effective:
    • Non-proprietary, common interface supporting diverse missions across Groups 1-5 UAS
  • Flexible:
    • Extensible - easily modified/updated service-oriented architecture
    • Supports flexible levels of automation/autonomy
    • Leverages Multiple Standards (STANAG 4586, CoT, MISB, OMS, UCS, UCI, etc.)
  • Numerous Built-in Decision Aids

Parallax is the industry leader/expert on VS. Our team has been involved with this capability for well over a decade in developing VS, and that team can assist you with your VS Vehicle Specific Module (VS VSM) development needs. We have conducted extensive flight tests as well as simulation studies maturing VS to TRL 8

 Technical Lead

UAS Business Concepts Director

Scott Swanson

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