Military Embedded Systems

Detect-and-avoid avionics solution in development for UAVs


December 17, 2020

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

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WHITE SALMON, Wa. Sagetech Avionics, technology company providing safety solutions for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), and Hover, Inc., an embedded computing company, announced that they are partnering to provide OEMs with the key components of an onboard detect and avoid (DAA) solution for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Sagetech's MXR micro interrogator and MXS micro transponder, along with Hover's embedded computing solution, will aim to enable a UAV to interrogate a nearby aircraft, validate the ADS-B in tracks, resolve the threat with a course of action using its flight computer, and communicate its change in position to nearby aircraft to avoid a mid-air collision.

According to the companies, this DAA solution will be designed to be compliant with ACAS-Xu and ACAS-Xr specifications and is intended for installation on UAVs flying above 400 feet, beyond visual line of site (BVLOS), in the National Airspace System (NAS).

The companies claim that anticipated aircraft requiring this capability include those flying civil BVLOS and urban air mobility missions, which typically weigh more than 55 pounds. 

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