New York drone corridor tests detect and avoid technology in partnership with Sagetech Avionics

Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research (NUAIR) Alliance has partnered with Sagetech Avionics to test detect and avoid technology in New York’s 50-mile drone corridor. NUAIR manages operations of the FAA-designated New York UAS Test Site at Griffiss International Airport, Rome, NY on behalf of Oneida County and is responsible for the advancement of New York’s 50-mile UAS Corridor between Rome and Syracuse, NY, while Sagetech provides situational awareness solutions for crewed and uncrewed aerial systems (UAS).

The testing features Sagetech Detect and Avoid (DAA) solutions and Automatic Dependent Surveillance–Broadcast (ADS-B) transponders for various concepts of operations including package delivery, lateral infrastructure inspection, and other advanced operations where crewed and uncrewed aviation must safely share the same airspace. Testing will take place in Syracuse, New York in early 2022. The partnership will also focus on the integration of various detect and avoid technologies and non-cooperative sensors, utilizing the robust LTE network at the New York UAS Test Site and within New York’s 50-mile UAS Corridor developed specifically for a wide variety of UAS operations, says the joint press release.

“Detect and Avoid technology is a key aspect in enabling safe, commercial, beyond visual line of sight drone operations,” said NUAIR CEO Ken Stewart. “Safety is paramount, and we’re excited to help test and further develop the Sagetech DAA system to help advance the reality of routine commercial drone operations.”

The Sagetech onboard DAA solution will include a full power, low Size, Weight and Power (SWaP) solution made possible by their onboard ACAS DAA computer.

“Sagetech is excited about our partnership with NUAIR, and the technology and platform partner ecosystem Ken and his leadership have developed,” said Sagetech chief growth officer, Mark Lanphear. “We expect to be able to demonstrate our situational awareness and onboard DAA capabilities with NUAIR and their current and future partners to support NUAIR’s efforts in demonstrating BVLOS capabilities in the corridor.”

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