Ottawa, Ontario-based Kongsberg Gallium, a subsidiary of Kongsberg Defence Systems and a provider of geospatial visualization software, has developed a new safety display technology for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).
Kongsberg Gallium is a partner of the Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE), which comprises 21 research universities and over 100 industry/government partners and operates the Federal Aviation Administration’s recently selected UAS Center of Excellence.
Kongsberg Gallium says it created the software platform to give UAS operators flying at ranges beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS) real-time awareness of the aircraft, airspace and terrain – critical in allowing operators to gain regulatory approval to conduct commercial operations BVLOS.
Development of the technology was partially funded by a federal research grant through the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program.
“The revenues generated by the commercial UAV market will explode when beyond line-of-sight operations are permissible, and we feel this new safety display technology will be key to help operators to gain that approval,” explains Ranald McGillis, president of Kongsberg Gallium.