Federal Aviation Regulation paragraph 91.113(b) require aircraft operators “See and Avoid” other aircraft:

“When weather conditions permit, regardless of whether an operation is conducted under instrument flight rules or visual flight rules, vigilance shall be maintained by each person operating an aircraft so as to see and avoid other aircraft.”

Pathfinder’s OPSAT effort will provide Remotely Piloted Aircraft pilots with a “See and Avoid” capability using Commercial Off The Shelf components. The solutions developed under this effort will also be directly applied to drone detection and 360° situational awareness for the commercial and general aviation market.

Operational Prototype for Sense-and-Avoid Technology (OPSAT)

OPSAT detecting an intruding aircraft

A Unique Approach

Multi-Use and Low Cost

  • Passive sensing of Intruder aircraft

  • Developed from actual, verified flight data

  • Interfaces with existing avionics and COTS sensors

  • Integrates aerodynamic modeling with deep learning

  • Physics based, real-time, 3D model of ownship space

  • UAS Detect and Avoid

  • Increased Safety & Situational Awareness for manned aircraft

  • Drone detection during vulnerable flight stages