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DAA System Integrates with Drone Connectivity Solution for BVLOS Operations

Sagetech Avionics’s ACAS X-based Detect and Avoid (DAA) system has been integrated with the Elsight Halo drone connectivity platform for aircraft seeking BVLOS type certification By Caroline Rees / 02 May 2023
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Sagetech Avionics has announced successful integration of its ACAS X-based Detect and Avoid (DAA) system with the Elsight Halo drone connectivity platform for aircraft seeking type certification/airworthiness with Beyond Visual Line Of Sight (BVLOS) Concept Operations (CONOPS). 

According to Sagetech, collaborating on an ACAS X-based DAA system with Elsight around customer requirements creates a faster, more reliable, certifiable solution. 

Sagetech’s Airborne Detect and Avoid solution will require a robust Command Non-Payload Communication (CNPC) link to reliably relay ACAS X alerting and guidance to the remote pilot, and to transmit the pilot’s avoidance maneuver up to the aircraft. The complement of these systems to each other is dependent on the reliability of the communication link, making it a critical enabler for safer skies. 

The Elsight Halo product fulfills this need for secure connectivity and is used by many of Sagetech’s current customers today. The Halo is believed to be the first AI-powered connectivity solution for uncrewed vehicles, guaranteeing constant uptime and connection between drones and ground control stations. This integration with Sagetech’s ACAS X-based DAA system offers customers a low SWaP solution and simple integration.

Wes Shover, Sagetech Avionics’ Director of Sales & Channel highlights the importance of this integration: “One of the critical elements of a safe, reliable, and certifiable remotely piloted aircraft is the command and control link between the aircraft and ground control station. Our mutual customers can now trust that the collision avoidance maneuvers prescribed by ACAS X will be sent to the pilot in command over a secure and robust network, as the Halo may serve as the primary or secondary communications link. Sagetech has always been keenly focused on bringing industry-leading airborne safety solutions to our customers to enable safer skies, and our ACAS X solution integrated with the Elsight Halo represents the latest demonstration of that commitment.”

The DAA/ACAS integration with the Halo tests included multiple flights to gather data and validate the technology needed to safeguard future BVLOS missions. Data gathered was shared with the FAA’s TCAS Program Office for validating the models used to create the ACAS X collision avoidance algorithms. These successful tests were completed earlier in 2023 on an aircraft seeking type certification. 

Roee Kashi, Elsight’s CTO, said: “The ACAS X detect and avoid system, alongside our Halo, is a natural extension of both our systems, and plays to the standalone strengths of each system and the benefits of the complimentary system. Working with Sagetech is another way for us to offer the best-level connectivity solution to enable drone BVLOS operations in a safe, secure manner.”  

Sagetech will continue to evolve the ACAS X-based DAA system; adding more sensor options to detect non-cooperative intruders and integrating with more common autopilots for issuing autonomous collision avoidance maneuvers. 

Sagetech’s DAA computer is at the center of its innovation hub that will enable OEMs all over the world to plug and play for optimum safety and visibility for BVLOS flight.

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Posted by Caroline Rees Caroline co-founded Unmanned Systems Technology and has been at the forefront of the business ever since. With a Masters Degree in marketing Caroline has her finger on the pulse of all things unmanned and is committed to showcasing the very latest in unmanned technical innovation. Connect & Contact
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