uAvionix Introduces All-Weather ADS-B Receiver for UAS Applications

uAvionix Corp., a Palo Alto, Calif.-based provider of avionics solutions for unmanned aircraft system (UAS), has rolled out PingStation, what the company says is an all-weather automatic dependent surveillance – broadcast (ADS-B) receiver for low- and high-altitude aircraft surveillance.

According to uAvionix, the networkable PingStation can be permanently mounted outdoors in harsh environmental conditions and is small enough to be used as a mobile asset for roaming operations.

For its debut application, PingStation is a component in phase one of Project UAS Secure Autonomous Flight Environment (U-SAFE), as part of a low-altitude, beyond-line-of-sight, unmanned traffic management (UTM) corridor extending from Griffiss International Airport to Syracuse, N.Y. Additionally, PingStation will provide ADS-B receiver capability for the Gryphon Sensors Mobile UTM System – Mobile SkyLight.

PingStation is a dual-band (978 MHz and 1090 MHz) ADS-B receiver with a Power-Over-Ethernet interface enclosed in an IP67-rated protective enclosure. Integrated is the uAvionix FYX GPS receiver for high-resolution timestamping for critical applications. It provides ground, surface or low-altitude ADS-B surveillance within line of sight of the antenna – with ranges exceeding 250 NM, depending on the transmission power, says the company.

The solution can be integrated into UAS ground control stations, airport surface displays or cloud-based situational awareness applications, for example.

“uAvionix is excited to add PingStation to our product line of ADS-B transceivers and receivers,” states Paul Beard, CEO of uAvionix. “Our customers informed us for the need of robust and low-cost surveillance solutions to complement the airborne equipment used in their operations.”

PingStation range plot in virtual radar server showing 50 NM range rings


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