UND to host flight test for UAS sense-and-avoid technology

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John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences


Save the date: Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012

Who: University of North Dakota, North Dakota State University, NASA-Langley, MITRE Corp.

What: Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) flight test demo of an automatic sense-and-avoid capability

When/where: Thursday, Sept. 20, at the Grand Forks International Airport for a demonstration of on-board technologies.

Background: These technologies are designed to help integrate remotely piloted aircraft into the national air transportation system. The research flight test will feature a specially equipped NASA Langley Research Center Cirrus SR-22 that will serve as a surrogate UAS. The surrogate UAS will automatically maneuver using Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) data and software algorithms developed by The MITRE Corporation and UND.

A UND Cessna 172 will act as an intruder aircraft.