Detect and Avoid computer demonstrated on Penguin C aircraftNews
July 28, 2021
WHITE SALMON, Wash. Sagetech Avionics Inc., company providing avionics solutions for unmanned aerial systems (UAS), announced that they completed a demonstration of Detect and Avoid (DAA) using their low size, weight, and power (SWaP) ACAS X-based DAA computer for the U.S. Air Force.
According to the company, ACAS X is the next generation of airborne collision avoidance. ACAS X is designed to use advanced algorithmic techniques and probabilistic models to obtain a safe possible collision avoidance system for all classes of piloted and unpiloted aircraft.
Sagetech claims that it has integrated the ACAS X algorithms on their DAA computer and paired it with their MX transponder to receive ADS-B In track data. The MX transponder is a micro transponder that includes integrated ADS-B In, which officials claim is a critical sensor input to the ACAS logic.
Sagetech and UND Aerospace Foundation chose the Penguin C aircraft built by UAV Factory to flight test this solution due to its flexible payload configuration and cost-effective operations. Sagetech will be working with UAV Factory to fully integrate this capability on the Penguin family of aircraft.