Sunhillo, a global leader in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) surveillance, monitoring and tracking, has partnered with Unmanned Systems Technology (“UST”) to demonstrate their expertise in this field. The ‘Silver’ profile highlights how their products can be used for UAS airspace integration, BVLOS (beyond visual line of sight) and sense-and-avoid applications.
The UAS-Connector (UAS-C) is a tracking and surveillance system for BVLOS UAS flying through controlled airspace. Designed to seamlessly integrate with existing air traffic control (ATC) systems, it connects to the UAV ground control station (GCS) to provide positional information to a centralized UAS-C Gateway. Supporting one to many UAS-C connections, the UAS-C Gateway provides a secure link to the connected UAS-C endpoints and acts as the gate keeper for any communication to or from an ATC system or other command center.
With no additional equipment required on the UAV, the UAS-C is ideal for all platforms regardless of size or altitude. Providing critical situational awareness for pilots, a sense-and-avoid display tracks all aircraft in the area and sends messages to ATCs or local command centers. The UAS-C is linked to the UAS-C Gateway either remotely using an internal LTE modem or directly connected via Ethernet. The UAS-C PIC interfaces include a tablet display and USB headset for optional voice communication.
The versatile, small form factor Margate II ADS-B Receiver accepts and decodes both 978MHz UAT and 1090MHz ADS-B transmissions, and has been deployed extensively on FAA UAS test sites and by the U.S. Department of Defense for applications such as detect-and-avoid.
The receiver features a direct RF antenna connection on the front panel of the device, as well as an integrated GPS receiver. Outputs can be sent over Ethernet in a variety of message formats including CAT 21 & 23 ASTERIX. The Margate II ADS-B Receiver has been designed to exceed DO-260B and DO-282 standards.
The Surveillance Monitoring System (SMS) is a UAV tracking and monitoring data display solution. It is designed to allow users to monitor UAS-C, radar and ADS-B feeds on a single display.
The SMS provides a variety of useful features including instant target information display, filtering based on geographic location, and GIS import for map overlays and does not require an internet connection. The SMS hardware package includes a 30” high definition monitor, a state-of-the-art high-powered PC, and Sunhillo’s Brigantine Surveillance Gateway Processor (SGP) for data formatting and conversion.
The Brigantine Surveillance Gateway Processor (SGP) is a dedicated 1U communications platform that provides LAN-to-LAN surveillance sensor data formatting, content filtering, and protocol conversions to bridge the gaps between dissimilar ATM systems.
The system features Sunhillo’s SureLine software suite with an intuitive web-based graphical interface that provides content filtering based on geographical volume selection, protocol-specific refinements and a variety of other tools. Hardware interfaces include twelve 1Gb Ethernet ports and two Enhanced Small Form-factor Pluggable (SFP+) ports that provide up to 10Gb Ethernet over copper or single/multi-mode fiber modules. A COM Express Single Board Computer (SBC) module can also be interfaced with the system for additional expansion capabilities.
The 2U Radar & ADS-B Monitoring System (RAMS) combines the proven Margate II ADS-B Receiver and Antenna, RICI 5000 data formatting and conversion unit, and Surveillance Monitoring System (SMS) all in one portable tactical kit. Using primary and secondary radar information as well as ADS-B, it provides real-time tracking and situational awareness of UAVs and other aircraft, all displayed on a powerful laptop computer.
The system features four radar input ports, as well as Ethernet connectivity allowing network distribution across multiple operation centers, and compatibility with NASA UTM (unmanned traffic management).
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