Detect-and-avoid system in development for UASs under AFWERX contractNews
January 13, 2021
WHITE SALMON, Wash. Sagetech Avionics, technology company providing situational awareness solutions for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), announced it has received a U.S. Air Force Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) contract for the initial development phase of components for a type-certifiable detect-and-avoid (DAA) system. The resulting system will aim to enable UAS to safely operate beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS) in the National Airspace System (NAS).
The contract was awarded to Sagetech Avionics, which will work in partnership with the University of North Dakota Aerospace Foundation and the Northern Plains UAS Test Site for test flights and data analysis.
Under this Phase 1 contract, Sagetech claims it will develop the ability to provide an acceptable safety case for tracking cooperative targets as part of an Airborne Collision Avoidance System (ACAS) solution, while not overloading the 1090 MHz spectrum.
According to the company, the results of this contract are intended to enable Sagetech to further develop integrated low size, weight, and power (SWaP) ACAS-compatible DAA solutions for unmanned aircraft use in the anticipated Phases 2 and 3.