November 14, 2014 future aerial

How do we integrate #drones in our airspace?

“Sense & Avoid: The Technology to Watch” writes Megan Roden

Future Aerial tends to agree and it’s going to be an interesting challenge to solve. Interesting discussions to be had at @SkyTechEvent next year…

Full article here: http://www.skytechevent.com/#!sense–avoid-the-technology-to-watch/c1koc

Technological innovation is spreading across every angle of the commercial UAV industry, with everything from batteries to gimbals undergoing revolutionary changes. One such technology that stands at the heart of the UAV industry is “sense and avoid”.

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Comprehensive sense and avoid technology is a must if the commercial UAV sector is to achieve its full potential. At present, UAVs cannot autonomously detect or avoid other UAVs, aircraft or obstacles such as buildings, and therefore present a severe concern for mid-air collisions.

As a consequence they cannot be flown out of line of sight or within close proximity to large gatherings of people, thus restricting their uses within the commercial sector. This emerging technology aims to fix all of these problems. Whether referred to as ‘detect and avoid’, sense and avoid’ or ‘collision avoidance’ software, the aims of the technology are the same; to detect aircraft & obstacles within the vicinity of the UAV and to execute manoeuvres to restore a safe situation if needed. Indeed sense and avoid is a sequence of functions which, using a combination of airborne and ground-based sensors, are able to perform manoeuvres to avoid collisions and serve as a UAV replacement for the tradition “see and avoid” capability for manned aircraft.

Full article : here

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