About Me

My photo
MILITARY TECHNOLOGY (MILTECH) is the world's leading international tri-service defence monthly magazine in the English language. MILITARY TECHNOLOGY is "Required Reading for Defence Professionals". Follow us on Twitter: MILTECH1

04 May 2016

Xponential 2016: uAvionix Introduces Micro ADS-B Receiver For Collision Avoidance

Electronics manufacturer uAvionix has introduced the smallest and lightest ADS-B receiver ever made, according to the company. The new "pingRX" weighs 1.5g and requires 1/100th the power of conventional ADS-B receivers, the company told MT at Xponential. It implements "Sense and Avoid" capabilities for small UAVs operating in national airspace (NAS).

ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast) helps aircraft operators sense and avoid possible collisions. ADS-B is mandated by the FAA for all aircraft in the US NAS in 2020. Used now primarily on manned aircraft, miniaturising the equipment was essential to make it useable for small drones. pingRX measures 32x15x3 millimetres. pingRX receives ADS-B information broadcast by other aircraft on two frequencies approved by the FAA (978MHz and 1090MHz.) This allows the unit to detect commercial aircraft threats within a 100 statute mile radius in real time. For unmanned aircraft system installation, pingRX is designed for direct MAVLink integration with Pixhawk autopilots and APM Mission Planner software. Since cost is an important factor determining how quickly a new device is adopted, pricing of pingRX units will be a fraction of the price of earlier airborne ADS-B receivers.

uAvionix is displaying its new patent-pending "pingRX" ADS-B receiver at Xponential/AUVSI in New Orleans.