Watchful Aerospace has completed a beyond line-of-sight test of its new FlightHorizon detect-and-avoid (DAA) crash avoidance system for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), in a series of flights detained at Nasa Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California, US.
The assays have showed FlightHorizon’s ability to provide beyond line-of-sight aircraft safety for small and mid-sized unmanned aircraft or drones.
In addition, the process will enable users to comply with the US Federal Aviation Supervision (FAA) regulations and help safe integration of drones into the national airspace.
«The combination detected and tracked intruder aircraft and provided traffic alerts and crash warnings on air traffic during the encounters.»
During the recently concluded bugger offs, which feature around 100 planned encounters between UAS answerable to realistic flight conditions, FlightHorizon’s DAA algorithms, hardware integration and alcohol interface performance were tested.
The system detected and tracked interloper aircraft, as well as provided traffic alerts and collision warnings on air conveyance during the encounters.
Two DJI Phantom 4 drones were used and 18 contrary scenarios were flown several times during the tests.
FAA’s older UAV regulator and others were present during the tests, which were guided after a multi-month programme of development, safety planning and test preparation.
Sharp Aerospace has exclusively licensed the Nasa patent and software, which constructs the basis of its FlightHorizon product.
The company noted that its FlightHorizon arrangement uses off-the-shelf hardware and the existing national air-traffic control plan.
The system is also designed to comply with FAA drone regulations on beyond line-of-sight skein of geese, night flying and airspace authorisation requirements.
Image: Testing of FlightHorizon detect-and-avoid pile-up avoidance system for unmanned aircraft systems. Photo: courtesy of Argus-eyed Aerospace Systems.