Detect-and-Avoid Drone Collision Avoidance System

Technology Partnership for Cooperative & Noncooperative UAV Detection

Integrating Iris Automation’s Casia Detect and Avoid (DAA) system with Sagetech’s MXS ADS-B transponder via its ACAS X sensor fusion and collision avoidance module provides a complete DAA air risk mitigation solution By Phoebe Grinter / 07 Jul 2022
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Creating a turnkey operation for cooperative and noncooperative detection, Iris Automation and Sagetech Avionics have formed a partnership to offer a comprehensive air risk mitigation solution to move the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) industry closer to future Beyond Visual Line Of Sight (BVLOS) flight. 

Customers using the Casia Detect and Avoid (DAA) system, Iris Automation’s noncooperative sensor solution, have been able to secure a number of approvals from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) based on its ability to enhance the safety of drone operations through noncooperative detection. 

Integrating Casia with Sagetech’s TSO-approved MXS ADS-B transponder via Sagetech’s ACAS X sensor fusion and collision avoidance module provides a complete DAA air risk mitigation solution. It allows Sagetech Avionics to create a certifiable ACAS X-based avoidance system that can incorporate one or more forms of noncooperative detection as well as Sagetech’s certified ADS-B in/out system. 

The FAA has consistently stated that UAV operators must be able to detect and avoid cooperative aircraft (those utilizing transponders to broadcast their location) as well as noncooperative traffic (aircraft not broadcasting their location). A significant portion of air traffic in the US is noncooperative, making their detection a paramount safety concern. Combining noncooperative traffic detection from Casia, coupled with Sagetech’s cooperative surveillance and avoidance module, adds a more robust set of avoidance options for safer BVLOS operations. 

Sagetech Avionics’ Airborne Collision Avoidance System (ACAS) for smaller UAVs (sXu) allows the optimal action to be taken when intruder aircraft are detected. Actions can include avoidance maneuvers in horizontal and vertical planes, allowing the aircraft to autonomously avoid a collision by turning right or left, or ascending or descending as necessary. By incorporating Casia into this system, advanced maneuvers are incorporated in line with emerging performance standards. 

“This is a tremendous combination of Sagetech Avionics’ cooperative surveillance and Iris Automation’s noncooperative detection that enables a holistic DAA/SAA system that is one step closer to unlocking the potential of BVLOS operations,” said Rudy Johnson, Director of Technical Business Development at Sagetech Avionics. 

“This partnership really jumpstarts both of our abilities to offer a superior safety solution through real time determination of the optimal conflict resolution when noncooperative air traffic is encountered,” added Jason Hardy-Smith, VP of Product at Iris Automation. 

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