New LIDAR Sense and Avoid sensor unveiled
EMT has announced that a second-generation LIDAR Sense and Avoid sensor has been developed in cooperation with the German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) and engineering firm, Spies. The sensor has been developed for EMT’s Luna tactical unmanned aerial system (TUAS).
According to EMT, the Sense and Avoid sensor serves to recognise and automatically avoid other aircraft in the vicinity. As the Luna TUAS has been equipped with automatic dependent surveillance broadcast (ADS-B) transponders since 2012, the combination of transponder and active LIDAR improves flight security even more significantly.
Sascha Lange, business development, EMT, said: ‘EMT and Spies are both delighted to be promoting Sense and Avoid technology via LIDAR and transponder – after all, this enables our unmanned aircraft system to finally take part in general air traffic (conditions). This makes advantages such as easily affordable purchasing and operational costs of unmanned aircraft systems more available to civilian customers.’
The modular Luna system has been in operation since 2000, and consists of several aircraft and platform modules: Luna, Museco and Luna NG. The combination of transponder and LIDAR will bring all of these aircraft improved flight safety.
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