April 27, 2021 – Bigfork, Montana – uAvionix, a pioneer in communications, navigation, and surveillance avionics for unmanned systems, today announced it has been granted a new patent that aids safe and secure integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into National Airspace Systems (NAS). U.S. Patent 10,991,260, titled “Intelligent Non-Disruptive ADS-B Integration for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)” provides the ability for UAS to take advantage of the safety benefits of ADS-B while minimizing spectrum utilization.
uAvionix first revealed this concept in a 2018 white paper titled “ADS-B Inert and Alert – A Solution to the ADS-B Spectrum Concerns.” The Inert and Alert Concept preserves spectrum by allowing the onboard UAS ADS-B solution to remain “inert” in a non-broadcasting “listen” mode until a safety-critical event such as a C2 lost-link or other aircraft proximity triggers it to begin broadcasting its ADS-B position as an “alert”. Once the conditions are safe again, the system reverts again to its “inert” state.
“uAvionix is a firm believer in the benefits of a cooperative airspace for UAS integration,” said Christian Ramsey, President of uAvionix. “Recognizing the concerns of over-use of the spectrum by regulators – Inert and Alert is a means to leverage ADS-B for collision avoidance while significantly reducing those concerns.”
About uAvionix Corporation
uAvionix was founded in 2015 with the mission of bringing safety solutions to the unmanned aviation industry in order to aid in the integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into the National Airspace System (NAS). A fundamental principle of that mission is to provide solutions that allow all airspace users a common situational awareness of the airspace. Through the evolution of our company, we pioneered and now offer low SWaP TSO certified and uncertified ADS-B and GPS solutions for General Aviation (GA), Airport Surface Vehicles and the UAS markets. Based in Bigfork, MT and Leesburg, VA, uAvionix consists of an unparalleled engineering and management team with a unique combination of experience within avionics, surveillance, airport services, UAS aircraft development, radio frequency (RF), and semiconductor industries. The entire leadership team consists of pilots of fixed wing, rotary wing, and UAS aircraft. uAvionix is backed by investors at Playground Global and Airbus Ventures.
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