Trig Avionics Announces New ETSO-Certified UAS Transponder

By Mike Ball / 27 Jan 2017

Trig Avionics TT26 ETSO-Certified UAS TransponderTrig Avionics has announced that it has launched the TT26, an ETSO certified transponder for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The TT26 provides vital functions that support on-board autopilot systems.

The one-box TT26 contains a 250 watt Mode S transponder with altitude encoder that also operates ADS-B Out (1090ES) up to 70,000 feet. This makes the TT26 ideal for high performance and high altitude operations. Additionally, the TT26 has a certified GPS and certified altimeter – both can be used as the primary navigational and altitude source for autopilot systems. Global UAS operators can integrate Trig’s certified transponder technology into new or existing platforms. The TT26 uses industry standard RS232 and RS485 interfaces.

Andy Davis, CEO at Trig Avionics, said: “The TT26 provides customers with a giant leap in surveillance credibility. Future commercial UAS operations will hinge on positive compliance with established international aviation standards. The TT26 is the first UAS transponder product that demonstrates this and adds primary flight and altitude capabilities too.”

Trig Avionics has also announced a partnership with UAS autopilot designer and control system integrator Callen-Lenz. Adrian Eves, Flight Operations Director at Callen-Lenz said: “We are excited about our partnering with Trig Avionics. We have conducted many successful Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) flight trials; using Trig technology we believe that further BVLOS capability can be achieved. As system integrators, we believe the TT26 delivers a genuine set of game changing technical capabilities. Securing certification for all these features makes a compelling safety case, enabling serious UAS operators like Callen-Lenz to gain the confidence of regulators and airspace agencies alike.”

Callen-Lenz has been appointed as an expert operator to the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority and provides technical and advisory support on UAS certification to ICAO in Montreal, Canada.

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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