Hoverfly Technologies Inc. has entered into a five-year agreement with Persistent Systems, LLC, joining Persistent System’s Wave Relay Ecosystem. Hoverfly is joining an alliance of unmanned system and sensor companies that integrate the Wave Relay mobile ad hoc network (MANET) into their products. The company’s tether-powered, small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), LiveSky, and BigSky products will be made part of the Ecosystem, with the Wave Relay MANET available as the standard communication link (see figure).
“We are proud to continue to grow the Ecosystem and incorporate new systems that help further the effort towards a networked battlefield,” said Brian Soles, Director of Business Development for Persistent Systems. “The Wave Relay MANET can scale and operate effectively in urban environments where the LiveSky and BigSky excel.”
By incorporating Persistent’s MANET radios on its sUAS, Hoverfly improves operational capabilities in dense urban environments. The tethered capability of the LiveSky and BigSky products enable them to reach beyond tall buildings when extending their warfighter networks. “As the Army is working towards networking the battlefield, the addition of the Wave Relay MANET to our tethered drones enhances capabilities for communications, ISR, rogue reconnaissance, and security,” said Rob Topping, CEO of Hoverfly. “This integration provides a much-needed communication link that enables a wholly networked solution.”