ADS-B for Dronecode-based platforms (Solo, Pixhawk etc)

From uAvionix

uAvionix Corporation, the leader in unmanned ADS-B technology and Dronecode, the nonprofit organization developing a common, shared open source platform for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), today announced a plan to collaborate on advanced development in ADS-B ‘sense and avoid’ functionality in ArduPilot-based drones.

The uAvionix Ping is the smallest and lightest ADS-B transponder available for unmanned aircraft. At only 6gr it is able to detect all aircraft threats within a 30 statue mile radius in real time. The MAVlink based communication protocol found throughout the ArduPilot/APM autopilot line provides a plug-n-play integration of the uAvionix Ping transponder. The partnership will allow opportunities and new ways of combining the technical knowledge and inventive spirit of the two leaders in their respective fields.

“Being able to access the Dronecode application ecosystem will provide huge advancements in real-time sense and avoid behavior,” said Adam Paugh, uAvionix’ Director of Business Development. “This collaboration in open source ArduPilot-based development with standardized protocols, such as MAVLink, will accelerate deployable solutions for agile and reliable operation in the national airspace.”

The open source platform has been adopted by many organizations on the forefront of drone technology, including 3DRobotics, Parrot, Qualcomm, Intel, DroneDeploy, Yuneec, Airphrame, and others. With over 750,000 users and nearly 500 active developers it represents the largest community of UAV professionals and enthusiasts in the world today.

The alliance has identified project leads for three technical working groups to ensure development standardization and interoperability.

Andrew “Tridge” Tridgell – lead for ArduPlane
Randy MacKay – lead for ArduCopter
Craig Elder – technical manager for DroneCode

“The PING ADS-B receiver by uAvionix increases my flight safety by giving a sense and avoid capability that would allow me to avoid other full-scale aircraft,” said Airphrame’s Mechatronics Engineer Tom Pittenger. “That is a real concern that all drone companies should have so this is a must-have feature in the drone industry. It is an easy drop in feature to my ArduPilot based aircraft and ‘just works.'”

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Comment by Thorsten on February 21, 2016 at 3:55pm

Cool! Price?

Comment by Justin on February 21, 2016 at 7:34pm
Hopefully they get some quality retailers for the product because UAvionix has terrible customer service.
Comment by Euan Ramsay on February 22, 2016 at 1:57am

This isn't a transponder, IIRC. It's just a receiver.

Comment by DBX Drones on February 22, 2016 at 2:31am

See a similar project, based on RPI

Comment by Bill Bonney on February 22, 2016 at 8:44am

@DBX Drones. The PiAware is cool project, but unless you have a companion computer on your drone well it's quite an additional amount of kit to add. Be interesting to use Pi0 instead of full fat Pi

Comment by Adam Paugh on February 22, 2016 at 8:51am

We are working out our distribution plan.  Let me know if you have any questions about Ping.

Comment by Tom Pittenger on February 22, 2016 at 10:27am

Thanks @Adam! Note to @All, there's already a driver available in ArduPilot and instructions are in the wiki. It's plug-and-play!

Comment by Bill Bonney on February 22, 2016 at 1:15pm

@Euan Ramsay, what happened to you blogpost about $500 ADSB transponder you are building?

Comment by Euan Ramsay on February 22, 2016 at 1:38pm
Boss didn't want the old prototype used, and he wasn't happy about how we were engaging the community; he wants it done properly, with proper product pictures and specs. I'll repost it again soon. :-(
Comment by A Lurker on February 22, 2016 at 5:38pm
@Euan Ramsay/Bill Bonney: Please tell me that was the projected retail, and not the one-off BOM.


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