Unmanned Systems Technology published an article featuring how Sunhillo's innovative airspace surveillance capabilities allow UTM systems to ensure safe and secure drone operations
As drone technology continues to advance and becomes more accessible for commercial entities of all sizes, the number of unmanned aircraft in the skies will increase significantly. In order for the industry to continue to grow and for national airspaces to accommodate this extra traffic, stringent safety precautions must be implemented and adhered to.
Manned aviation has a long-established set of regulations and protocols, but due to the unique requirements of unmanned aircraft, these cannot simply be copied wholesale. New ecosystems must be developed that can track and manage unmanned aircraft both at close range and BVLOS (beyond visual line of sight) using a variety of sensors and technologies. These solutions are commonly referred to within the industry as UTM, or unmanned traffic management.
Sunhillo is a developer of surveillance, flight and data distribution systems. Having provided solutions for manned aviation to the United States Department of Defense, the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration), and other civil aviation authorities worldwide for over three decades, the company has been working within the UAS (unmanned aerial systems) market or over 8 years, including the original NASA UTM Task orders with the Mid Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP) / Virginia Tech Test Site.
One of Sunhillo’s innovations is its Multi-Track Fuser capability, which allows UTM systems to process multiple data streams from not only radars but other sources of information such as ADS-B, and correlate them into a single track. This provides a single accurate reference for each unmanned aircraft operating within the airspace, massively simplifying the acquisition of UAV surveillance data and preventing display clutter from multiple tracks. Click here to view the entire article