NICTA, a Sydney-based information and communications technology research center backed by the Australian government, is also a member of the team, according to a Thursday release.
The team won the four-and-a-half year, $18 million contract through DARPA’s High-Assurance Cyber Military Systems program.
“As computers replace mechanical systems in many industries, we are increasingly dependent on the functionality implemented in software,” said Dr. Jodi Steel, director of NICTA’s security and environment business team. “This project is all about making sure that such systems function as intended, even in the case of cyber attacks.”
The team will focus on protecting a UAV’s control and communication systems compromise by faults and targeted attacks.
Rockwell Collins is also working with NASA to develop a control system for flying UAVs in civilian airspace.