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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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  • Developer
    Sounds like you have hardware but no software support. How are you testing it? The ping works with ardupilot out of the box, driver is done.
  • The hardware is done and certification ready. Just gotta fix the telemetry issue.

  • I can't vouch for the Ping, but our full transponder will be online Q2; the hold up is certification.

  • Didn't catch when this device is projected to be on the market and what the possible will be?

  • I just did a bit of reading into Ping and I have to say I quite like it. I can't wait for the full working version to be available.

  • It's the retail price...subject to us surviving certification process without huge costly revisions. Integrators (3DR, DJI etc) will pay less.

    Which we should be able to do, if we can optimize how the pixhawk feeds it Data. The actual radio module will pass. Section 3.3 of the FAA ADSB standard is where we are struggling.
  • @Euan Ramsay/Bill Bonney: Please tell me that was the projected retail, and not the one-off BOM.
  • 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. :-(
  • Developer

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

  • Developer

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

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