Sagetech Avionics reports successful integration of its ACAS X-based detect and avoid (DAA) system with the Elsight Halo drone connectivity platform for aircraft seeking type certification/airworthiness with beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) concept of operations.
Sagetech’s Airborne Detect and Avoid solution requires 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, says the report.
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.