uAvionix Corp., a sense-and-avoid technology developer, has teamed up with multi-rotor drone manufacturer Draganfly Innovations Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Trace Intelligent Systems, to integrate its PING automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) receiver with Draganfly’s autopilot and Surveyor ground station.
Integrated on the vehicle itself, the system provides the ability for a drone to detect full-size aircraft and automatically avoid a potential collision, explains uAvionix, adding that this is the first of many steps that the companies will take jointly to improve unmanned aircraft system (UAS) and aviation safety.
The PING network uses live aircraft traffic without relying on a connection to the Internet or a cellular network. The network combines hardware, software and real-time airspace mapping to enable companies to safely and reliably operate UAS in national airspace, the company says.
“Draganfly has been looking for a solution to sense and avoid for some time,” says Zenon Dragan, president of Draganfly. “The integration of Ping went very smoothly, and our Surveyor ground station came alive with nearby traffic. We were surprised to see even non-cooperative traffic broadcast from our local ground station radar – which makes this system a comprehensive solution to sensing full-scale traffic.”