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Detect-and-Avoid Demo Showcases Drone Safety Potential

Detect-and-Avoid Demo Showcases Drone Safety Potential

Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance has successfully demonstrated a new airborne collision avoidance system for small drones at New York’s Griffiss International Airport.

The detect-and-avoid system allows drone operators to avoid collision with conflicting systems of objects that are airborne — helping with the goal of integrating drones into the international airspace, according to a news release from NUAIR.

“This major advancement in ACAS capability is a testament to the strong partnerships we have forged at Oneida County’s UAS Test Site at Griffiss International Airport,” said Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente Jr. in a statement. “The collaboration and innovation that is taking place in Rome is second to none and continues to propel the UAS industry forward by leaps and bounds.”

The system that was tested is a smaller and more compact version of the next generation airborne collision avoidance system now under development for large passenger and cargo-carrying aircraft, the news release stated.

The tests showed the system has the ability to detect and avoid other aircraft, both manned and unmanned, the release said.

Full story: govtech.com

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