By Luke Geiver | June 09, 2016
Our team could honestly say that every week in the world of UAS, fairly significant news, achievements, partnerships or announcements happen. This week hasn’t disappointed.
Check out this story on uAvionix, a California-based startup that is carving out a huge role for itself in the ADS-B sector of the UAS industry. The company told us they recently finished up testing in Texas to achieve something no company has ever done before using a similar-sized technology. With its ping2020 transceiver, the company has been FAA certified for an ADS-B weighing only 20 grams. (The company had made one smaller and lighter, but FAA’s testing procedures didn’t allow for such a system to be run through its approval process). Because of this mini-now-FAA-certified-ping2020, situational awareness is now more possible than ever before for sUAVs.
Through work on SC-228, General Atomics, NASA, Honeywell and others are one major step towards proving a sense-and-avoid system for large UAVs in the Ikhana/Predator class. Patrick Miller talked to GA about its final work to create detect-and-avoid standards. For government-related large UAV operators, this is significant news.
On the East Coast, American Aerospace Technologies Inc., has once again proven why it is a leading UAV service provider for pipeline and energy infrastructure. We knew the company had a great story to tell when we invited them to speak at a UAS-energy related event early this year in New Orleans, and this week’s story proves again that they are truly accomplishing some great feats.
Talking with Sanjev Singh, CEO of Near Earth Autonomy, was a unique experience. In a very matter of fact tone, Singh rattled off many of the unique projects or UAS development efforts that his young company has been involved in (DARPA, Office of Naval Research and now NASA). The company made significant news this week when they announced an award from NASA near $800,000. With the funds, the company will test a software system to make the first and last 50 feet of UAS flight more safe. I’m looking forward to checking back in with the team a few months from now to learn about their progress in developing the system they will call Safe50.
Lastly, we have another great original story in this week’s newsletter about one of the biggest questions everyone in the UAS industry wants to know. After the small UAS rule, or Part 107, is released, then what? What will the commercial market look like? What will it mean for 333 holders? Not surprisingly, we received a wide array of responses for the story.