IMSAR LLC, leaders in miniaturized Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), announce the sale of their detect and avoid radar technology to Fortem Technologies. This technology powered IMSAR’s previously announced family of collision avoidance radar designed for the commercial Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) market.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires an aircraft operating in civil airspace to be able to “see and avoid” other aircraft. Collision-avoidance systems seek to meet this requirement by allowing UASs to detect other airborne objects, predict potential midair collisions, and automatically maneuver the UAS to avoid catastrophes. A radar-based “sense and avoid” or “sense and avoid” solution for small UASs was previously not viable due to the high cost, weight, and complex technology and algorithms required. Fortem’s product will enable small UASs to avoid midair collisions with manned or unmanned aircraft and even targets that lack a transponder, like cranes paving the way for the integration of UAS into civil airspace worldwide.
According to Ryan Smith, CEO, IMSAR, key development milestones have been met allowing the spin out of “sense and avoid” to Fortem Technologies. Adam Robertson, VP, IMSAR, will be leaving to join Fortem Technologies after nine years at IMSAR. Dr. Britton Quist, IMSAR’s CTO, says; “Radar is ideally suited because it operates effectively in darkness, cloud cover, fog, smoke, and precipitation.”
Timothy Bean, CEO of Fortem Technologies said, “Nothing like this exists in the UAS market today.”
Fortem Technologies has announced product availability in July 2016.