UAV successfully sees and avoids another aircraft while in flight

2014-02-11

UAV successfully sees and avoids another aircraft while in flight

In a recent flight test in Australia, a Scan Eagle UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) succeeded in visually identifying an approaching Cessna aircraft, and letting its own ground-based operators know that evasive action was required.It's being hailed as a major step towards the allowance of UAVs in commercial airspace.

Part of the Queensland Government's Project ResQu, the test was carried out by Queensland University of Technology's Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation (ARCAA), in collaboration with Boeing Research & Technology - Australia, and Scan Eagle manufacturer Insitu Pacific.

The vision-based sense and avoid technology used in the UAV had previously been designed and tested for use in manned aircraft, as a backup for human pilots. Although the Scan Eagle was manually steered out of the way by its remote operator, it is hoped that future UAVs equipped with the system will be able to avoid mid-air collisions autonomously.

"Ultimately, this will allow UA [unmanned aircraft] to provide public services such as assistance in disaster management and recovery, as well as in environmental, biosecurity and resource management," said ARCAA director Prof. Duncan Campbell.


Region:  USA and Canada
Contry:  USA
Category:  UAV
Company:  Boeing / Insitu



USA Insitu UAV
Name:  ScanEagle   Region:  USA and Canada    Country:  USA    Category:  UAV    Company:  Insitu   
ScanEagle

Use(s): land- or sea-based long-endurance ISR Manufacturer: Insitu Inc Powerplant: 1,4kW (1.9hp) two-stroke engine - 100 octane unleaded non-oxygenated gasoline or carburetted heavy fuel (JP-5, JP-8, Jet-A) Dimensions: length: 1.37m, wingspan: 3.11m Weight: empty: 13.1kg, MTOW: 20kg Performance: speed: 148km/h, endurance: 24+hr, ceiling: 5,944m, endurance speed: 89km/h, mission radius: 100km LoS Payload: EO camera or IR imager in inertially stabilised, full pan and tilt turret Data Link: digital uplink/downlink Guidance/Tracking: fully autonomous DGPS navigation from launch to retrieval Launch: autonomous launch via pneumatic catapult Recovery: autonomous recovery via patented SkyHook wingtip rope-snag Structure Material: composite Electrical Power: 60W available for additional payloads GCS: laptop-based ground control system Status: in production



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