Unmanned Flight Testing

Testing sensors on an unmanned airborne platform can be a legal and technical challenge. SDL maintains and flies a fleet of unmanned aircraft specifically for sensor testing and validation.


  • Two dakota unmanned aircraft
  • Tests payloads up to 65 lbs and 360 W
  • Large internal volume
  • Four wing mounts, a belly mount, and sky-looking antenna mounts
  • GPS/INS available



SDL’s EyePod is an intelligent, geo-aware, day/night-stabilized imaging sensor system for deployment aboard Group III unmanned aircraft systems.


Fusion, Exploitation, Algorithm, Targeting High-Altitude Reconnaissance

Under the FEATHAR program, SDL developed enhanced integrated multi‐intelligence sensor systems and fusion processing algorithms for multiple‐networked ISR platforms to identify, geo‐locate, and track enemy targets.