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Aurora and Socionext to develop RFCM

2nd February 2018 - 15:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Aurora Flight Sciences is partnering with Socionext to develop a Radar Flight Control Module (RFCM) for civil UAS, Aurora announced on 30 January.

The radar-enabled collision protection system features a single-chip 24GHz radar with range measurement software. The radar responds acutely to its surroundings and is able to detect multiple objects, target distance and speed, and objects in open spaces.

The system provides distance, warning and braking signals to the flight controller through a simple interface, allowing for integration on a wide range of UAS. When installed, the RFCM acts to prevent head-on collisions with obstacles in the UAS’ path.

Tsutomu Nozaki, CMO, Socionext, said: ‘Socionext, a leading expert in radar sensor technology, and Aurora, a world class system integrator in flight sciences, have joint forces to develop and refine the RFCM for a robust radar collision protection system.

‘The two companies plan to continue working together to provide the best solutions for a wide range of aircraft systems used in commercial, surveillance and communication, mission critical, experimental and exploration applications.’

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