New partnership aims to boost technology and development of unmanned aerial systems

Sagetech Avionics Inc., an American aerospace technology company providing state-of-the-art situational awareness solutions for manned and unmanned aerial systems, and the Northeast Unmanned Aerial System Airspace Integration Research Alliance, Inc., a non-profit organization based in New York with a mission to safely integrate unmanned aircraft systems into national airspace, announced a partnership to test Sense and Avoid solutions and Automatic Dependent Surveillance and Broadcast transponders , both developed by Sagetech.

The tests to be performed will cover various concepts of operations including package delivery, lateral infrastructure inspection and other advanced operations where manned and unmanned aviation must safely share the same airspace. .

“Sagetech is excited about our partnership with NUAIR, and the ecosystem of technology partners and platforms that Ken and his leadership have developed,” said Mark Lanphear, Chief Growth Officer of Sagetech. “We hope to be able to demonstrate our situational awareness and on-board DAA capabilities with NUAIR and their current and future partners to support NUAIR’s efforts in demonstrating BVLOS capabilities in the corridor.”

These tests will take place in Syracuse early this year.

The partnership will also focus on integrating various sense-and-avoidance technologies and non-cooperative sensors, using the robust LTE network at the New York UAS Test Site and New York’s 50-mile UAS Corridor. York developed specifically for a wide variety of UAS operations. . The 50-mile test site stretches from Griffiss International Airport in Rome in the east to Hancock Field in Syracuse in the west.

“Sense and Avoid technology is a key aspect of enabling safe, commercial, and beyond visual line-of-sight drone operations,” said NUAIR CEO Ken Stewart. “Safety is paramount, and we are excited to help test and further develop the Sagetech DAA system to help advance the reality of routine commercial drone operations.”

Sagetech is building on its longstanding reputation in safe and reliable ADS-B transponders to bring the most advanced certifiable in-vehicle detection and avoidance system to market in 2022, according to the announcement. Sagetech’s onboard DAA solution will include a SWaP (full power, low size, weight and power) solution enabled by their onboard ACAS DAA computer.

Ruby A. Robillard