Aerialtronics Rolling out New Sense-and-Avoid System for UAS


527_aerialtronics_2 Aerialtronics Rolling out New Sense-and-Avoid System for UASAerialtronics, a Netherlands-based manufacturer of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), says it will be incorporating its Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) into its new Collision Avoidance System (CAS), to be officially introduced into the market next year.

Developed by semiconductor provider NXP, in cooperation with the automotive industry, ITS gives vehicles and infrastructure a virtual sensor, whereby vehicles can build mental maps of surrounding traffic in order to avoid incidents and improve safety, the company explains.

By combining the information from these virtual sensors with the collision avoidance system, Aerialtronics says, its Altura aircraft will be the first to both automatically communicate and respond to other air traffic participants.

The company explains that its CAS will be capable of ultra-quick, real-time scanning of the Altura multi-rotor surroundings and detecting obstacles within a predefined safe distance. Following detection and classification of the obstacle, CAS will automatically adjust the aircraft’s position to prevent collision. By connecting ITS data to CAS, Altura systems will be capable of foreseeing danger and responding in a timelier manner, ultimately making airspace safer and more accessible, according to Aerialtronics.

CAS will consist of several technologies, including various types of obstacle detection sensors and advanced data fusion algorithms, as well as tightly integrated collision avoidance algorithms with guidance, navigation and control systems.

The next-generation CAS will enable fully automatic yet safe inspections – even in high-wind environments typically present during industrial inspections. Smart sensor fusion algorithms will allow better performance, obstacle identification and more efficient avoidance trajectories – even in harsh environments with less power consumption of the overall vehicle, the company explains.

Photo courtesy of Aerialtronics

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