uAvionix (ADS-B for Pixhawk) raises VC from Andy Rubin of Google/Android fame

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. 

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Comment by MarioSpeedwagon on May 2, 2016 at 3:52pm
This will be great for BVLOS operations, but my main concern is still "off the grid" helicopters around here. All of the manned aircraft I'm concerned about in our area wouldn't show up (from what I'm told) if we had an ADS-B receiver, and a few of them don't carry radios either.
I'm not really concerned about the planes coming into a coordination zone at anything over 2k feet, but these crop dusters that come rolling over a hill at 300ft with no comms scare the hell out of me.

Comment by Randy on May 2, 2016 at 4:35pm

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.

Comment by Adam Kroll on May 2, 2016 at 7:58pm

Another problem is hang gliders, sky divers etc, it'll be quite a while until everyone is carrying an ADS-B.

Comment by Ravi on May 3, 2016 at 1:35am

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.

Comment by David Pawlak on May 3, 2016 at 3:18am

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.

Comment by Paul Meier on May 3, 2016 at 3:42am

@David: we were all wondering......

Comment by Greg Dronsky on May 3, 2016 at 4:19am

Nice, waiting for the product!

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on May 3, 2016 at 5:02am

@Mario, agree.

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.  

Comment by Chris Jackson on May 3, 2016 at 5:02am

16W at 978Mhz, wonder what effect that much noise does to the rest of the data RF onboard.

Comment by Paul Meier on May 3, 2016 at 5:27am

@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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