At Blue Bear we have extensive capabilities within our portfolio, which include design and development of entire unmanned systems, vehicle command and control and ground control systems. Flight service provision (for platform, payloads, subsystems), flight safety case provision, advanced modelling and simulation and system certification.
Blue Bear has a proven track record in delivering fast paced and challenging programmes. The company is equally adept operating as a supplier or Lead Systems Integrator, as a programme integrator in its’ own right, or collaboratively with partners and/or academia. Our technologies centre around our own SNAP® Flight Management System based architectures coupled with our NEXUS® Ground Control Station, carrying our own algorithms. Our scalable and agile capability is equally applicable from nano platforms right up to strategic systems, with a significant capability for rapid and agile delivery of projects from TRL1 to 8.
Concept of Operations (CONOPS)
Blue Bear works together with its clients to understand their required Concept of Operation, and produce requirements. Our live virtual and constructive (LVC) modelling and simulation environment allows a very graphical experimentation medium to design, develop and explore different types of CONOP and understand the trade space available. This rapid de-risking and experimentation allows our customers to be better informed before they embark on the development or procurement of technology and systems.
Research and Development
Blue Bear undertakes research into all aspects of unmanned systems, autonomy, avionics, guidance, navigation and control (GNC), bio-inspired technologies, and the systems of systems that are required to enable smooth operation in both military and civilian applications.
Blue Bear also undertakes research into areas such as big data, artificial intelligence, electronic warfare, geospatial data (GIS), command and control (C2) of multiple unmanned air systems, swarming systems, and fractionated delivery of effect.
We re-invest a large proportion of our profits back into our own research, ensuring we remain at the forefront of the industry.
Concept and Design
Blue Bear offers customers an expert end-to-end service developing unmanned flight vehicles and associated systems to any requirement from a basic concept through to a finished system. With a host of adaptable in-house UAV types, and many more bespoke systems developed for our customers to date, we confidently offer a complete Unmanned System development service to meet specific customer requirements.
Our considerable expertise in aircraft design, rapid prototyping, mission system integration and guidance, navigation and control make Blue Bear the ideal choice for system development. We pride ourselves on being able to adapt to our customer’s priorities – whether they are platform-centric, mission-centric or both. We deliver on time and consistently meet cost and quality criteria, whilst never compromising flight safety
Our technologies centre around our own Flight Management System, SNAP® based architectures coupled with our NEXUS® Ground Control Station, carrying our own or third party algorithms and offering customers scalable and agile capability equally applicable to Nano platforms right up to strategic systems, with a significant capability for rapid and agile delivery of projects from TRL1 to 9. A Flight Design and Clearance Toolset (FDCT) has been developed by the company to underpin the full UAS Development and Acceptance cycle. The FDCT accelerates evidence generation with an auditable trail, supporting authority and regulatory approvals.
Test and Evaluation
Blue Bear provides technology and services to support Test and Evaluation (T&E). Our technologies can be used to enhance traditional test ranges, gather, analyse data and disseminate information around multiple locations.
Our technology allows us to instrument up test ranges, vehicles, equipment, and personal, and blend the real live data with virtual and simulated data, producing a digital twin of the real world. This digital twin allows very complex systems interactions and vast data sets to be easily visualised to understand what is going on.
Our technologies centre around our own vehicle and platform Management System, SNAP® based architectures coupled with our NEXUS® Ground Control Station, carrying our own or third party algorithms and offering customers scalable and agile capability. This provides rapid and agile delivery of projects from TRL1 to 9. A Flight Design and Clearance Toolset (FDCT) has been developed by the company to underpin the full UAS Development and Acceptance cycle. The FDCT provides tool sets to carry out trade studies on large data sets and accelerate this analysis from days to hours. This in turn creates maximum value out of ‘on range’ time allowing rapid turn around of experiments.
Authority and Regulatory Support
In addition to the concept and design side of the business, we are also highly focused on understanding the importance of leveraging certification experience outside of UAS, incorporating airworthiness and regulation knowledge (EASA, FAA, CAA) for manned assets.
We operate a family of UAS under a UK Civil Aviation Authority ‘Permission to Operate’ (EVLOS and BVLOS enhanced Permissions) Furthermore we are engaging with CAA and MAA to accelerate the operation of UAS in National Airspace (NAS) and to clarify the read-across and transferability of process, tools and capability from manned to unmanned systems, and from MAA to CAA. The company is actively looking at airworthiness and certification process and procedure to support our customers with in the development of certifiable unmanned and autonomous air vehicles.
Blue Bear can also assist with safety case development, permission to fly, and a managed risk approach to unmanned system operation.
Task Tailored Training
Blue Bear provide task tailored training specifically for your needs. We have the expertise, resources and experience to offer a fully integrated training programme, delivering cost effective, industry recognised ’best practise’, increased efficiently and ultimately, making your life easier.
Blue Bear can provide training facilities including classroom, technical manuals and instructors through partners, airspace/test ranges and a range of suitable platforms and synthetic environments.
Blue Bear’s proprietary synthetic tools are ISTAR free and compatible with our avionics and platforms, in addition to being capable of application to third-party hard wares and software.
Blue Bear’s software engineers are capable of providing integration of our tools into users extant training facilities, or providing completely bespoke solutions on request. Our Real Time Scheduler software is available on license as the core of any system, acting as the glue which connects components seamlessly for effective immersive training.
Modelling and Simulation
Our modelling and simulation capability centres around blending Live, Virtual and Constructive (LVC) technologies to create digital twins and provide easy to understand graphical representations of complex data sets
We blend software, hardware emulators, real hardware in the loop (HWIL), human in the loop (HITL) and live systems to extract maximum value whilst delivering fast paced agility in exploring the trade space around any experiment. We have created a new dedicated modelling and simulation company Cassima (www.cassima.co.uk) to fully exploit our world class expertise and technology.
Blue Bear is at the forefront of task tailored configurable autonomy. We have developed next generation capability in applying autonomy to vehicles, systems and even data. Our autonomy technology can be developed to work with our customers systems and we provide everything from low level control algorithms to systems of systems autonomy. We can encapsulate third party autonomy and control algorithms into our own configurable autonomy frame work simplifying the operation into a single architecture.
We work with air, maritime and land systems, and our technology is equally applicable to military and civilian systems
Payload Testing and Sensor Integration
Blue Bear’s integrated systems provide multiple sensor operations from a single Unmanned Aerial System, allowing you to make informed decisions. They can be synchronised to link devices from different platforms providing an effective capability for real-time communication, data collection and analytics.
Data collection, management and its quality are becoming increasingly important in both the defence and commercial sectors increasing efficiency, productivity, value for money and above all safety.
We support our customers with technology and services to integrate their payloads to their platforms, test payloads on ours or third party platforms, or even develop custom payloads depending on the mission requirements.