Military Embedded Systems

Detect and Avoid computer demonstrated on Penguin C aircraft


July 28, 2021

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

UAV Factory photo.

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. 

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