After creating the Ping2020, the company started looking at the other ADS-B solutions on the market. “We’re looking at pursuing other markets. We’re looking at certification. We’re even looking at the transponder market,” Reed said.
At EAA AirVenture, uAvionix announced a partnership with DJI—a large-volume drone manufacturer—on an ADS-B-based collision avoidance developer kit that would help to integrate drones into the National Airspace System, maintaining safety.
“DJI and uAvionix share a passion for safety and are motivated by the improvement that real-time air traffic information will provide to our developers using our software development kit,” said Darren Liccardo, DJI’s vice president of engineering. “DJI developers will now be able to process ADS-B data and close the loop, all within an embedded computer onboard the vehicle.”
The uAvionix Ping line of miniaturized sensors allow a drone to sense surrounding aircraft and initiate collision avoidance maneuvers based on that information. DJI’s software enables the response by allowing access to the drone’s flight control systems.
“Working in concert with the DJI Onboard SDK, our aircraft avoidance technology will provide a more complete picture of potential conflicts in the airspace,” said uAvionix Founder and CEO Paul Beard. “Through our collaboration, DJI and uAvionix will add the necessary synergy and momentum behind safely integrating drones in the national airspace.”
This was uAvionix’s first visit to AirVenture. “We greatly underestimated how interested people would be,” Reed said. More information about uAvionix is available online.