Aerotenna, the leader in radar sensing and SoC flight control technologies for UAVs, is entering the Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) Preliminary Drone Sense & Avoid technology competition held on November 9 in Syracuse, NY. This will be the first time Aerotenna will demonstrate its radar-based collision avoidance technology in an open competition. Onboard the Aerotenna drone will be μSharp, a robust 360° sense-and-avoid radar.

The competition is being launched by a partnership between the UTM Convention 2016 and HiddenGenius.com and aims to demonstrate drone sense and avoid technologies in an open competition to build public trust. It will be held during a Google-sponsored reception in front of leading companies and organizations including Google, Intel, and NASA, as well as drone industry regulators, investors, and most importantly the public.

Competing drones will fly through an obstacle course from AUVSI. The competitor whose drone successfully avoids obstacles automatically without direct input from the pilot and completes the obstacle course in the fastest time wins the competition and prize.

The development of sense and avoid technology is critical for the flight of drones beyond visual line-of-sight and into national airspace. Many companies and organizations are currently working on a breakthrough solution that can enable truly autonomous flight of small UAVs.

Aerotenna recently announced the release of a new miniaturized collision avoidance radar and SoC flight controller for all drone platforms. With a suite of robust yet affordable and easily integrated sensing and processing solutions, Aerotenna is positioned to be a key solutions provider in the commercial and consumer drone industries.

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µSharp Patch collision avoidance radar and OcPoC mini SoC FPGA flight controller

“Advancements in drone sensing and processing technologies are making autonomous drones a reality, and open competitions such as the UTM Drone Sense & Avoid competition are great venues to show the public just how smart drones have become,” said Dr. Zongbo Wang, CEO of Aerotenna. “We are excited to demonstrate the capabilities of Aerotenna’s collision avoidance radar which is a robust, affordable and easily integrated solution for all drone platforms.”