UAV Standard Radar Altimeter Authorized by FCC

By Mike Ball / 23 Dec 2019

Ainstein, a developer of intelligent radar systems for small UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), has announced that the U.S. FCC has provided the company with a Grant of Equipment Authorization for its US-D1 UAV Standard Radar Altimeter. According to the FCC, the Authorization ensures that the US-D1 operates effectively without causing harmful interference and otherwise complies with the Commission’s rules.

The compact US-D1 is designed to work in a wide range of environments including mountainous terrain, tree canopies, brush, sand, and over water. It meets the International Electrotechnical Commission’s IP67 standard, meaning it remains functional after being submerged in water up to one meter deep for up to 30 minutes.

Andrew Boushie, Ainstein’s Vice President of Strategy and Partnerships, commented: “Ainstein designed the US-D1 to enhance performance and increase safety and lifespans for UAVs. Its high-performance, compact form factor, and durability makes it a must-have mmWave radar sensor for any rugged UAV application.”

Key features of the US-D1 include:

  • Highly accurate and smooth above-the-ground altitude reading, especially over water, grass, brush and other challenging environments
  • Same high performance in low-light or no light conditions, such as rain, fog, darkness and more
  • Customer-proven for accurate terrain tracking commonly required for precision agriculture
  • Ideal for BVLOS UAV operation, ensuring safe autonomous take off and autonomous landing
  • More reliable altitude readouts due to increases in processing power
  • Ability to include multiple US-D1 altimeters without cross-radar interference for sensor redundancy configuration or sensor multiplexing for enhanced detection
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