UAV-America Upgrades Eagle XF UAV Platform with Sense and Avoid System

By Mike Ball / 04 Nov 2016

UAV-America Eagle XF drone

UAV-America, Inc., a manufacturer of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), has announced the implementation of its advanced Sense and Avoid System for obstacle avoidance on the company’s Eagle XF quad platform.

UAV-America has partnered with AerialGuard, a developer of autonomous navigation solutions for UAVs, to design and deploy a robust navigation system using an Nvidia Jetson TX1 embedded platform combined with vision, acoustic and laser sensors, to provide Eagle XF customers with a safe, integrated platform to conduct infrastructure inspection and other tasks. The system is fully integrated into the Eagle airframe and will benefit current work flow by increasing productivity and efficiency of operations.

Among the system’s capabilities are:

  • User-configured guardian mode (safety distance from object)
  • Distance to target read-out
  • Emergency return to land (RTL) integrated with obstacle avoidance
  • Precise altitude hold
  • First person view (FPV)
  • Full autonomous mission navigation capable of maneuvering around obstacles and obstructions

The system will be available as an option on all Eagle platforms and will be phased in with front and backward compatibility.

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Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact