Kongsberg, MicroPilot develop single-operator detect-and-avoid system for multiple drones

Kongsberg Geospatial has developed IRIS UxS Fleet Control Station technology to enable multiple drones to be monitored and controlled simultaneously by a single operator and provides real-time calculation of aircraft separation, airspace monitoring alerts and communications line-of-sight prediction to enable detect and avoid for safe BVLOS operations.

According to the company the IRIS FCS integrates a variety of real-time data feeds including ADS-B, local radar and National Airspace Feeds to calculate “detect and avoid” warnings. IRIS provides real-time 2D and 3D visualization of airborne track and weather data, as well as geo-fencing capabilities. IRIS UAS is an airspace situational awareness system developed to provide Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) operators with the necessary situational awareness to safely operate multiple Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) Beyond Visual Line-of-Sight (BVLOS). The platform presents users with 2D and 3D map and terrain data, aeronautical information such as aerodrome locations, obstacles and airspace, and real-time data from sensors, cameras, and weather data sources – all integrated within a single, common operating picture display. The IRIS UxS technology provides enhanced BVLOS situational awareness to MicroPilot autopilot users flying multiple UAS per operator. MicroPilot develops and manufactures autopilots for fixed, rotary wing and hybrid UAVs, including the triple redundant MP21283X.

“Reliable, and innovative operator control solutions supported by real-time airspace visualization is key to expanding BVLOS operations safely and effectively,” said MicroPilot’s President, Howard Loewen.

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