Drones on air traffic control radar screens

13 Oct Drones on air traffic control radar screens

On Wednesday 7 September, the two companies Airborne Concept and Egis ran a demonstration before representatives from the Technical and Innovation Directorate (DTI) of the Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC) and officials from other organisations who have an interest in this initiative. The purpose was on demonstrating the effectiveness of their solution as a potential means of identifying and localising a certain type of drones.

The project was first presented to the different stakeholders, then a first flight of a multirotor mini-drone fitted with an ADS-B transceiver took place at Toulouse-Francazal airport, with participants visualising the position of the drone on a tablet computer. Teams working at DTI’s premises at a distance of around 10 km were then able to detect the drone during its second flight by means of an experimental ADS-B station. It is the ADS-B transceiver fitted on the mini-drone which enabled DGAC operators to visualise the drone in real time on an air traffic control screen, similarly to aircraft.

The ADS-B transceiver developed by Airborne Concept and Egis is mounted on a drone and it automatically broadcasts messages, with position and identification data, on a radio frequency that is traditionally used in the aeronautics industry. It is obviously a means of monitoring and detecting drones in real time. The technology is interoperable with air traffic control systems and it is potentially an effective solution to ease public fear of an increasing number of drones taking to the sky.

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