This SAE Aerospace Information Report (AIR) describes the Architecture Framework for Unmanned Systems (AFUS). AFUS comprises a Conceptual View, a Capabilities View, and an Interoperability View. The Conceptual View provides definitions and background for key terms and concepts used in the unmanned systems domain. The Capabilities View uses terms and concepts from the Conceptual View to describe capabilities of unmanned systems and of other entities in the unmanned systems domain. The Interoperability View provides guidance on how to put it all together in a way that supports interoperability.
This document includes architectural descriptions intended to aid in standards development and subsequently to aid in development of system architectures based on those standards: the Conceptual Framework describes the network of domain concepts and the relationships between them; the AS-4 Architecture describes the architecture of the standards and technical reports of the AS-4 Committee; and the Architecture Framework for Unmanned Systems is a framework with which to design architectures for systems that are to include unmanned systems.
This Architecture Framework for Unmanned Systems (AFUS) Aerospace Information Report was prepared by the SAE AS-4A Architecture Framework Subcommittee, Unmanned Systems Committee, Aerospace Council Avionics Systems Division.