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Raspberry Pi-Based ADS-B Solution for UAS Ground Stations Developed

Published: 25 Oct 2019

Aerobits AERO-RPi-HAT ADS-B receiverAerobits has announced the development of a new ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance—Broadcast) receiver solution, the AERO-RPi-HAT, based on the Raspberry Pi single-board computer. The AERO-RPi-HAT is designed for unmanned aerial system (UAS) ground stations, unmanned traffic management/U-space proof-of-concept projects, and UAS data collection applications.

The unit features Aerobits’ TT-MC1a 1090MHz receiver, which receives ADS-B Out information, such as identification, current position, altitude and velocity, broadcast by drones and other aircraft. The integrated GNSS technology allows users to mark frames with an accurate timestamp for multilateration purposes. Output data is available in Aero ASCII protocol, raw format (with or without signal strength), Asterix, or MAVLink. The AERO-RPi-HAT can also be customized upon request to output in a user’s own protocol.

Easy outdoor installation is facilitated by POE (Power-over-Ethernet) technology, and the AERO-RPi-HAT also includes an integrated temperature and air quality sensor.

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Posted by Mike Ball Mike is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passions 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.

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