"Cheap ADS-B on Amateur Drones":

Get a head start on the NASA Centennial Challenge's ADS-B requirements by plugging a $20 USB dongle into your drone and tracking nearby aircraft:

  1. Start with an AR.Drone (or other ARM-based amateur drone).
  2. Buy a $30 USB dongle.  See the rtl-sdr wiki for recommendations.
  3. Compile and install the dump1090 Mode S/ADS-B decoder software with my easy-to-use cross-compiler setup: ardrone-dump1090-cross-compiler
  4. Plug in the receiver.

And now you're decoding packets:

ADS-B sense-and-avoid is seen as critical to integrating unmanned aircraft into the National Air Space, and this is the beginning of a cheap "sense" solution.  Next up: "avoid".

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Comment by Gary Mortimer on April 2, 2013 at 12:09pm

Me like, well done.

Comment by Matt Williamson on April 2, 2013 at 12:26pm

Amazing! Completely understated.

Comment by John Wiseman on April 2, 2013 at 12:38pm

Thanks.  BTW, that screenshot shows planes up to 30 miles away from me, but I've picked up aircraft over 100 miles away just with that dumb little antenna that's meant to pick up DVB-T signals.

Comment by ionut on April 2, 2013 at 1:06pm

6300 planes flying right know.Image just how much gas all these planes are burning.We are doomed

Comment by OlivierD. on April 2, 2013 at 1:23pm

That is cool! Now all we need is transponders to broadcast our positions. 

Comment by Joshua Ott on April 2, 2013 at 1:24pm

Nice, this is important work.

Comment by Roberto Navoni on April 2, 2013 at 3:25pm

Great :)

Comment by Jack Crossfire on April 2, 2013 at 3:55pm

Can't wait for USB host on Arducopter.

Comment by Andy on April 2, 2013 at 6:14pm

Yep, very nice.

Comment by Lloyd Breckenridge on April 2, 2013 at 6:30pm

Surely this sense and avoid could easily be subverted to sense and collide?


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