Sagetech Avionics Inc., a U.S. aerospace technology company providing industry-leading situational awareness solutions for crewed and uncrewed aerial systems, and NUAIR (Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance, Inc.) a New York based nonprofit with a mission to safely integrate uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS) into the national airspace, have partnered to test Detect and Avoid (DAA) solutions and Automatic Dependent Surveillance–Broadcast (ADS-B) transponders, both developed by Sagetech. The testing to occur will be for various concepts of operations including package delivery, lateral infrastructure inspection, and other advanced operations where crewed and uncrewed aviation must safely share the same airspace.
“Sagetech is excited about our partnership with NUAIR, and the technology and platform partner ecosystem Ken and his leadership have developed,” said Sagetech chief growth officer, Mark Lanphear. “We expect to be able to demonstrate our situational awareness and onboard DAA capabilities with NUAIR and their current and future partners to support NUAIR’s efforts in demonstrating BVLOS capabilities in the corridor.”
Testing will take place in Syracuse, New York early this year. The partnership will also focus on the integration of various detect and avoid technologies and non-cooperative sensors, utilizing the robust LTE network at the New York UAS Test Site and within New York’s 50-mile UAS Corridor developed specifically for a wide variety of UAS operations.
“Detect and Avoid technology is a key aspect in enabling safe, commercial, beyond visual line of sight drone operations,” said NUAIR CEO Ken Stewart. “Safety is paramount, and we’re excited to help test and further develop the Sagetech DAA system to help advance the reality of routine commercial drone operations.”
Sagetech is leveraging its long-standing reputation in safe & reliable ADS-B transponders to bring the most advanced certifiable, onboard detect and avoid system to market in 2022. The Sagetech onboard DAA solution will include a full power, low Size, Weight and Power (SWaP) solution made possible by their onboard ACAS DAA computer.