Skysense, [email protected] and the Swedish Sea Rescue Society partner to make drones visible and able to detect manned aircraft

Skysense, a provider of airspace surveillance equipment, [email protected], KTH centre for wireless systems and the Swedish Sea Rescue Society (SSRS), the NGO providing maritime search and rescue in Swedish waters, partner to make drones visible and able to detect manned aircraft.

The Swedish Sea Rescue Society (SSRS) is actively investigating the benefits of using drones to make search and rescue missions safer and more efficient. The SSRS’ need to fly Beyond Visual Line-Of-Sight (BVLOS) has been the impetus for a cooperation with KTH and SKYSENSE. The consortium has conceived a system called Ground-Based Sense And Avoid (GBSAA) – making drones visible and able to detect manned aircraft while alleviating 1090 MHz spectrum saturation.

GBSAA is based on the principle that drones share ground-based ADS-B receivers/transmitters. The receiver enables the drone pilot to “see” (detect) and avoid manned aircraft. The transmitter is used to continuously broadcast the position of the drone to “be seen” by manned aircraft and air traffic control.

To “see” and “be seen” is key for drones to safely co-exist with manned aircraft and enable BVLOS operations.

“We believe that live drone imagery could be a great help for our voluntary rescue crews. A Ground-Based Sense And Avoid system could be an important piece of the puzzle to make these drone flights a reality”, says Fredrik Falkman, Head of Innovation at SSRS.

“We foresee a not so distant future where thousands of drones will occupy the skies and hence a reliable system for making drones visible and detectable by manned aircraft, will be needed”, says Claes Beckman, Director of [email protected].

Robby de Candido, CEO of Skysense says, “For the drone industry to take the next quantum leap, permissions to operate BVLOS must become the rule than the exception. Our view is that GBSAA enables BVLOS applications just that – to become the rule than the exception.”

About Swedish Sea Rescue Society

The Swedish Sea Rescue Society takes part in 80% of all maritime rescue missions in Swedish waters, thanks to 2300 volunteer crew members manning more than 200 rescue boats and hovercraft at 71 rescue stations along the coasts. The Society is funded by donations and by more than 111000 members.

About [email protected]

[email protected] is a leading research center in the area of wireless communications. It is an interdisciplinary research centre that connects more than 50 researchers in the areas of radio-, data-and telecommunications, with researchers focused on mobile services, devices and tele-economics.

About Skysense
Skysense AB (www.skysense.aero) develop innovative airspace surveillance solutions that make it safer and more secure for people and property.

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