Wireless optical link field (WOLF) used in a laser-controlled drone flight.
AVoptics delivers the communication link in the world's first demonstration of a controlled drone via a Free Space Optical Communication (FSOC) link. AVoptics are pleased to support a QinetiQ-led demonstration which formed part of the DSTL Air Command and Control (C2), Intelligence Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR) and Interoperability project. It is small and lightweight (~1 kg) and has low power consumption (< 2W electrical power), making it easy to use in harsh environments. WOLF has been used to deliver the communication link in the world’s first demonstration of a drone being controlled using optics. WOLF enabled the secure optical communications between static ground platforms, such as tanks deployed from a forward operating base who typically rely on bulky, impractical fibre optic communication links.