Congrats to Palo Alto-based uAvionix, who raised $5m in Series A funding from Andy Rubin's Playground Global VC fund for its Pixhawk-compatible ADS-B technology.
Congrats to uAvionix!
I think it's a good product. It's small, light and nearly completely plug-and-play with a Pixhawk (just a parameter needs to be set to enable it). Anything we can do to make the vehicles safer is a good thing and will contribute to our image of working to avoid the risks to non-flyers (even if those fears are sometimes a bit exaggerated).
I've also noticed that it didn't pick up a helicopter that fly near my house a couple of months ago and I'm sure, as Mario says, it's 'cuz those vehicles don't have an ADS-B transmitter.
Another problem is hang gliders, sky divers etc, it'll be quite a while until everyone is carrying an ADS-B.
great step towards the safety issue. the prime concern as of now. the best part is that it is P&P with pixhawk. eventually we can have the Arducopter with a feature that if it detects the aircraft within certain distance it can make the multicopter to land or to decent to a very low height autonomously. which should be a very minor modification to the code and a major safety feature.
ADS-B Automatic Dependant Surveilance - Broadcast
Just in case anyone was wondering
Sort of like a modern version of the old aviation transponders, but everyone can see them, and don't depend on the radar system.
@David: we were all wondering......
Nice, waiting for the product!
While this is really great technology, I fear that it actually won't help in the case of the biggest risk for collision between manned and unmanned aircraft. Crop dusters, kit planes, ultralights, and other cowboy private pilots flying very low with no transponder and no radio.
16W at 978Mhz, wonder what effect that much noise does to the rest of the data RF onboard.
@Rob: "Crop dusters, kit planes, ultralights, and other cowboy private pilots flying very low with no transponder and no radio" not very much in the headlines...... If you add them all its maybe 1% compared to drones...
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