Sagetech Avionics has recieved 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 enable Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) to safely operate Beyond Visual Line-Of-Sight (BVLOS) in the National Airspace System (NAS).
Under this Phase 1 contract, Sagetech 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. The results of this contract will 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. In order to achieve this, the company 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.
“Just like manned aircraft, unmanned aircraft operating in the NAS will require type-certification. Compliant detect-and-avoid systems will be a key part of those certifications,” explained Tom Furey, CEO of Sagetech. “This contract enables us to continue the development and analysis of the critical technologies that will serve as a basis for these systems.”
Sagetech has posted a DAA technology tutorial on its website blog, and those interested can learn more about DAA solutions at Sagetech.com.