Sagetech and Hover partner on detect and avoid solution for unmanned aircraft

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) technology company Sagetech Avionics has partnered with computer company Hover to provide components for Onboard Detect and Avoid (DAA).

According to a press release, Sagetech’s MXR micro interrogator and MXS micro transponder, along with Hover’s embedded computing solution will enable a UAV to interrogate a nearby aircraft, validate the ADS-B in tracks, resolve the threat with a course of action using its flight computer, and communicate its change in position to nearby aircraft to avoid a mid-air collision. This DAA solution is compliant with ACAS-Xu and ACAS-Xr specifications and is intended for installation on UAVs flying above 400 feet, beyond visual line of site (BVLOS), in the National Airspace System (NAS).  Anticipated aircraft requiring this capability include those flying civil BVLOS and urban air mobility missions, which typically weigh more than 55 pounds.

“Airborne detect and avoid capability is essential for integrating UAS into the National Airspace System,” explained Tom Furey, CEO of Sagetech. “Together our avionics expertise and technologies will form an off-the-shelf core for a DAA system that contains FAA-certified and certifiable components, helping OEMs achieve type certification faster.”

“UAVs need to replace a pilot’s line of sight with technology to avoid collisions,” said James Lawson, FAA Consultant DER and Founder of Hover, Inc. “That technology needs to be compliant with DO-254 and DO-178C design assurance levels. Hover’s embedded computer with real-time operating system (RTOS) and Sagetech’s MX-series situational awareness components provide leading edge technology with appropriate design assurance levels and FAA certifications.”

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