Sagetech Avionics and A-techSYN partner to add onboard ADS-B, IFF and detect and avoid capabilities

Sagetech Avionics and A-techSYN have partnered to offer Sagetech MX Product family, including the TSO certified MXS, ADS-B in/out and DoD AIMS Certified MX12B Mode 5 IFF transponders as part of the CGT50 VTOL UAV ecosystem. The CGT50 VTOL UAV will also be enhanced with Sagetech’s onboard Automated Collision Avoidance System (ACAS) Xu Detect and Avoid (DAA) Processor, enabling increased situational awareness and safety.

In addition to the integration, A-techSYN Ltd. will become a Sagetech Licensed Reseller in Ireland, offering the XP Series, MX Series, and ACAS X-based DAA to other OEMs in the region. Both companies share a desire to bring robust, reliable, and cutting-edge products to the UAV marketplace and look forward to releasing one of the most advanced UAVs available today.

According to the press release, customers using the CGT50 VTOL UAV will be able to obtain rapid approvals from civil aviation authorities due to the MXS being TSO certified. Enhanced CGT50 VTOL UAVs with onboard ACAS Xu DAA will greatly reduce the operational risk volume, giving the remote pilot greater situational awareness for potential air risks, while prescribing appropriate collision avoidance maneuvers. This automated alerting allows the Operator to develop training standards, using the automated alerts and prescribed maneuvers to ensure greater safety in the National Airspace.  Integrating Non-Cooperative Sensors with Sagetech’s TSO-approved MXS ADS-B transponder via Sagetech’s ACAS X sensor fusion and collision avoidance module provides a complete DAA air risk mitigation solution. This will allow Sagetech Avionics to create a certifiable ACAS X-based avoidance system that can incorporate one or more forms of noncooperative detection as well as Sagetech’s recently certified ADS-B in/out system.

Civil Aviation Authorities, including the FAA, have consistently stated that UAV operators must be able to detect and avoid cooperative aircraft (those utilizing transponders to broadcast their location) as well as noncooperative traffic (aircraft not broadcasting their location). A significant portion of air traffic around the world is noncooperative, making their detection a paramount safety concern. Combining noncooperative traffic detection, coupled with Sagetech’s cooperative surveillance and avoidance module, adds a more robust set of avoidance options for safer BVLOS operations.

Sagetech Avionics offers both Cooperative Surveillance (ADS-B in/out and Mode 5 IFF) and Airborne Collision Avoidance System (ACAS) for rotorcraft (Xr), large fixed-wing UAVs (Xu), as well as small UAVs (sXu), enabling the fusion of non-cooperative sensors to present the optimal action to be taken when intruder aircraft are detected. Actions can include avoidance maneuvers in horizontal and vertical planes, allowing the aircraft to avoid a collision by turning right or left, and ascending or descending as necessary.  In the future, this system can provide fully autonomous maneuvers, enhancing safety and significantly increasing the economic benefit of uncrewed missions.

A-techSYN developed 8 different UAVs, a Flight Control System, 17 UAS sub systems and Ground Control Station Software in the last 9 years. A-techSYN’s UAS architecture allow the onboard equipment to communicate with the Avionics Mini flight controller and also with the UAV operator implementing a simple plug-in based approach. This will enable Sagetech to test and implement new features with ease and will provide continues improvement of the DAA technology.

Sagetech Avionics Director of Sales & Channel, Wes Shover said: This is a great partnership, combining Sagetech Avionics’ advanced surveillance solutions and A-techSYN’s proprietary UAS architecture to enable safer aircraft operations, bringing the industry closer to unlocking routine BVLOS operations.”

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