Sagetech Avionics, an aerospace technology company that advances safer skies through innovative Detect and Avoid (DAA) Systems, has announced the successful integration of its ACAS X-based DAA system with the Elsight Halo drone connectivity platform for aircraft seeking type certification/airworthiness with BVLOS (beyond visual line of sight) CONOPS (concept operations).
Collaborating on an ACAS X-based DAA system with Elsight around customer requirements creates a faster, more reliable, and certifiable solution.
Remotely piloted aircraft require secure and reliable connectivity to enable BVLOS operations. Sagetech’s Airborne Detect and Avoid solution will require a robust CNPC (Command Non-Payload Communication) link to reliably relay ACAS X alerting and guidance to the remote pilot, and to transmit the pilot’s avoidance manoeuvre 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 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 manoeuvres 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 this year on an aircraft seeking type certification.
Said Roee Kashi, Elsight’s CTO: “The ACAS X detect and avoid system, alongside with our Halo, is a natural extension of both our systems and plays to the standalone strengths of each system and the benefits of the complementary 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 System will be the most advanced, low SWAP, and certifiable onboard DAA system for any crewed and uncrewed aircraft.
Sagetech’s DAA computer is at the centre of its innovation hub that will enable OEMs all over the world to plug and play for optimum safety and visibility for BVLOS flight.
To learn more about Sagetech’s ACAS solutions, visit: https://sagetech.com/acas-solutions/
To learn more about Elsight’s Halo visit: https://www.elsight.com/
About Sagetech Avionics
Sagetech Avionics is an aerospace technology company empowering safe flight in crewed and uncrewed aircraft with certifiable situational awareness solutions. Currently serving military and civil duty on a broad range of UAV platforms, Sagetech solutions are mission-proven and offer decades of program experience, certifications, and millions of flight hours to deliver maximum value over the life of an unmanned platform. Today, Sagetech is expanding its technology platform to create comprehensive, certifiable systems such as detect and avoid solutions. Every day, Sagetech works in concert with its extensive ecosystem of OEM customers, technology partners, and resellers to ensure UAVs fly safer with Sagetech on board. Visit www.sagetech.com.
Elsight (ASX:ELS) delivers Absolute Connection with 24/7 Confidence. Our proprietary bonding technology incorporates both software and hardware elements to deliver extremely reliable, secure, high bandwidth, real-time connectivity – even in the most challenging areas for stationary, portable, or actively mobile situational requirements.