Sense & Avoid Systems for Small UAS
MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Sept. 26, 2017) – Marines attached to the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s (MEU) Unmanned Aerial Surveillance unit, launch an RQ-21A Blackjack aboard the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22), Sept. 26, 2017. Marines perform training flights to maintain proficiency in preparation for possible missions. San Diego is deployed with the America Amphibious Ready Group and 15th MEU to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jeremy Laboy/Released)

Posted on June 19, 2019 | Completed on June 19, 2019 | By: Defense Systems Information Analysis Center (DSIAC)

What sense and avoid (SAA) systems are available and being researched for use in small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS's)?

DSIAC was asked to identify and locate candidate SAA systems for small UAS’s to enable a cargo UAS to deconflict with other air vehicles during delivery missions. SAA systems could integrate into an existing UAS or be a modular platform agnostic system. Also requested was information about organizations performing research and development or making any progress on the challenges surrounding the inquiry. DSIAC staff performed open-source and DTIC searches to obtain the requested information. DSIAC compiled a list of candidate technologies and associated production companies, as well as a summary of relevant organizations and references for further research into a response report that was delivered to the inquirer.

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