US Department of Energy Issues RFI on Improved Common Data Link for sUAS

This Request for Information (RFI) seeks input from Industry on technologies and potential solutions for two (2) sets of Common Data Link (CDL) radio capabilities to support Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS).

Recent enhancements to the Common Data Link could lead to significant growth in the portfolio of CDL platforms through integration of the mandated, standardized and interoperable CDL communications capability into smaller UAS. Greater flexibility in data rates, frequency bands, and improved spectral efficiency offer the opportunity to expand the use of CDL into Group 1-3 UAS platforms, for example, the Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (STUAS) currently under development for the Navy and Marine Corps.

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.

For more information about this RFI, go to this site.

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