Inside Unmanned Systems

APR-MAY 2017

Inside Unmanned Systems provides actionable business intelligence to decision-makers and influencers operating within the global UAS community. Features include analysis of key technologies, policy/regulatory developments and new product design.

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13 unmanned systems inside April/May 2017 crowded spectrum with tightly regulated power output requirements. I'd have to see the studies saying WiFi power output al- lows enough range to be a viable electronic drone ID before I could recommend WiFi. RFID TAGS: These are in the "no" cat- egory. They're cheap and would be easy for law enforcement to interrogate, but just don't have the power output or protected spectrum to be a viable solution. We need something with the power to easily connect to UTM and that's just not RFID. If all these solutions have problems, what do we do? I think we'll end up with a mixed ADS-B/LTE solution. I think ADS-B Out will be mandatory for drones f lown be- yond line of sight or in controlled airspace. This will be relatively few drones and ADS-B saturation shouldn't be a problem. For low altitude drones f lown within Part 107 rules, I think a hybrid LTE/ADS-B In solution is best. Drones could use LTE to broadcast their ID and position to UTM and then receive positions of other aircraft in the area via ADS-B In and TIS-B. This hybrid solution wouldn't saturate ADS-B frequencies and would provide DAA data to drones even if they lost their LTE con- nectivity. The only downside is this solu- tion relies on all manned aircraft having ADS-B In to receive TIS-B to view LTE equipped drone positions. Only ADS-B Out is mandatory for manned aircraft, not ADS-B In. However, I think manned air- craft with higher risk of low altitude drone collision (helicopters, crop dusters, etc.) will see the benefit and rapidly equip with ADS-B. I have no doubt the Electronic ID ARC will come up with even better ideas. I just hope they look at the big picture as they make inputs to the FA A. Please come up with something that's secure, such as AirMap's Drone ID, that makes best use of existing systems, like ADS-B, and yields a ping 200S is the world's smallest FCC approved ADS-B and Mode C/S Transponder. At 50 grams, it transmits at 250W above 500'AGL for full visibility by Air Traffic Control and manned aircraft. Aviation grade position integrity for unmanned systems has arrived. FYXnav is the world's smallest and lightest FAA TSO Certified GPS. FYXnav uses receiver autonomous integrity monitoring (RAIM) to detect errors, jamming and spoofing. Don't risk critical operations or your UAS investment on a smartphone GPS. At only 20 grams, ping 2020 (UAT) and ping 1090 (1090ES) ADS-B Transceivers increase airspace safety by broadcasting your UAS position via ADS-B to surrounding aircraft and ATC with a range of 30+ miles. A dual frequency ADS-B receiver and interface enable you to display nearby aircraft positions on your ground station for maximum situational awareness. ÒRadar Contact EstablishedÓ all products shown actual size uavionix.com Aviation grade position integrity for unmanned systems has arrived. is the world's smallest and lightest TSO Certified GPS. autonomous integrity monitoring (RAIM) to detect errors, jamming and spoofing. Don't risk critical operations or your UAS investment on a smartphone GPS. fully integrated solution that works with UTM. This is definitely the one case where we should dispense with negotiations and just do what the hostage-takers want. They are right!

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