17 Dec Aviation Safety : innovation with drones
Airborne Concept and Egis develop integration of ADS-B transponder onto mini rotary wing drone At Toulouse Francazal airport at the end of September this year, the firms Airborne Concept and Egis presented the French civil aviation authority DGAC with the results of their work to develop the integration of an ADS-B transponder onto a small rotary-wing drone weighing less than 10 kg.
The aim of the system is to locate the drone in real time to facilitate surveillance and enable the detection of drones which could be used for malevolent purposes. Compatible with many air traffic control systems, this development is one possible avenue to effectively respond to fears arising from the growing numbers of drones in our skies. Airborne Concept and Egis have signed a partnership and pooled their aeronautical expertise to design this surveillance system. They are the joint holders of a patent which they have recently registered.
“We are pleased to note that NASA carried out similar tests around the same period on a ‘Predator’ fixed wing drone. It is encouraging for us to discover that our design offices had the same vision of the future as that of a prestigious institution such as NASA. This is solid proof of the pertinence of our development work and a sign that French engineering capabilities remain top-class,” says Arnaud Le Maout, President of Airborne Concept.
Airborne Concept and Egis focussed their attentions on a reduced-sized ADS-B transponder mounted on a multi-rotor drone. Airborne Concept, a Toulouse-based manufacturer of drones for professional use, undertook the integration of the ADS-B module aboard the latest octocopter model to emerge from its manufacturing facilities.