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Sagetech supports UAS civil airspace flight

27th December 2017 - 11:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Sagetech’s XPC-TR-50 Mode C transponder has been used by PAE ISR to demonstrate the capability of its Resolute Eagle UAS to fly in controlled civil airspace.

In November, a Resolute Eagle UAS equipped with the XPC-TR-50 Mode C transponder successfully completed a mission in civil airspace. The flight took place at the Pan-Pacific UAS Test Range, Pendleton Airport, Oregon while operating under an FAA Certificate of Waiver or Authorisation.

Resolute Eagle is a fixed wing tactical UAS for use in civil as well as military airspace. Without a transponder, the aircraft's small size makes it virtually invisible to Air Traffic Control (ATC). Sagetech's military-certified XP transponder allows aircraft such as these to operate safely while sharing airspace with manned aircraft by integrating seamlessly with existing ATC radar systems.

Kelvin Scribner, chief executive officer, Sagetech, said: ‘Sagetech's technology has been a key enabler of small UAS military operations for over 15 years and PAE ISR's flight from the Pendleton, OR, airport marks another step as our products transition from military to civil use.’

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