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Ottawa, CA: Kongsberg Geospatial, an Ottawa-based developer of real-time, mission critical, geospatial visualisation software, and the Federal Aviation Administration’s ASSURE UAS Center of Excellence, lead by Mississippi State University, announced today that the Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration (ACUASI) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and the University of North Dakota Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Research, Education and Training will both be adopting and integrating the Kongsberg Geospatial IRIS UAS display application into their flight operations as part of Detect And Avoid (DAA) and beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS) operations.

The Alliance for System Safety of UAS Through Research Excellence, or ASSURE, team is comprised of 22 universities and over 100 industry partners, providing the FAA with access to a team of scientists in the UAS community and coordination of activities to achieve common UAS research goals.

Kongsberg Geospatial has been providing technology for military UAV platforms for over a decade, and is now actively working with industry and regulatory groups in the United States and Canada to develop a simple, portable display for civilian UAV operators that provides them with a unified situational awareness picture combining a wide range of live data feeds into an easy to understand display format.

“I am very excited by this technology and how it will assist beyond line of sight flight operations. Both UAF and UND have strong operational programs, and can provide the kind of feedback Kongsberg needs to support the geospatial visualization demands that that long-range linear infrastructure and maritime missions require” said Marty Rogers, Executive Director, ASSURE FAA UAS Center of Excellence.

“ACUASI and our partners in the Pan-Pacific UAS Test Range Complex (PPUTRC) are pleased to provide a diverse set of environmental conditions for testing the Kongsberg Geospatial IRIS display technology. Our beyond-line-of-sight missions off the coasts of Alaska, Hawaii, and Oregon will allow us to test the technology under difficult and data-limited conditions” said Dr. Cathy Cahill, Director of ACUASI.

“In our UND flight trials to begin shortly we will be comparing a range of ground-based and airborne technologies for small UAS DAA systems” said Dr. Mark Askelson, ASSURE Lead for Small UAS DAA Requirements Necessary for Limited Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) Operations. “Operator situational awareness is a key requirement in these trials and we are very pleased to incorporate the Kongsberg Geospatial IRIS display technology into our operations”

“The expertise and capability of the ASSURE team members University of Alaska Fairbanks and University of North Dakota are exactly the type of partnerships we are looking for to help refine our technology” said Ranald McGillis, President of Kongsberg Geospatial. “These two institutions are leading the world in UAS operations and we are very pleased to support their flight operations going forward”

 

About Kongsberg Geospatial: Based in Ottawa, Canada, Kongsberg Geospatial creates precision real-time software for mapping, geospatial visualization, and situational awareness. The Company’s products are primarily deployed in solutions for air-traffic control, Command and Control, and air defense. Over nearly three decades of providing dependable performance under extreme conditions, Kongsberg Geospatial has become the leading geospatial technology provider for mission-critical applications where lives are on the line. Kongsberg Geospatial is a subsidiary of Kongsberg Defence Systems.

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About the ASSURE Federal Aviation Administration UAS Center of Excellence: The Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE) is comprised of twenty-two of the world's leading research institutions and more than a hundred leading industry/government partners. This coalition includes: Mississippi State University, Drexel University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Kansas State University, Montana State University, New Mexico State University, North Carolina State University, Oregon State University, University of Alabama-Huntsville, University of Alaska-Fairbanks, University of California Davis, University of Kansas, University of North Dakota, The Ohio State University, Wichita State University, Auburn University - Affiliate Member, Concordia - Affiliate Member, Indiana State University - Affiliate Member, Louisiana Tech University - Affiliate Member, Tuskegee University - Affiliate Member, University of Southampton - Affiliate Member, and Sinclair Community College - Affiliate Member. ASSURE members are core to three FAA UAS test sites, lead four FAA research centers, have seven airfields and a 340 UAS fleet — 24 more UAS than the USAF.

Contact ASSURE UAS at: http://www.assureuas.org/contact.php

 

About University of Alaska Fairbanks Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration: The Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration - RDT&E, or ACUASI, was established in December 2012 by the University of Alaska Board of Regents in recognition of the importance and growth of the unmanned aircraft program. It was established under the University of Alaska Fairbanks in the Geophysical Institute where it originated but was given the role of leading all unmanned aircraft programs for the entire system. It was also tasked to pursue opportunities with the FAA such as the FAA test sites. The program originated in 2001, and over the years had expanded its scope, the equipment it operated, and the variety and complexity of research projects it executed. In 2013 ACUASI submitted its proposal to the FAA for one of the six test sites established by the 2012 FAA Modernization and Reform Act, and in December 2013 the FAA announced that the University had been selected. The PPUTRC reports to the ACUASI, but also includes principal partners in Oregon and Hawaii as well as 56 non-state partners located all over the US and internationally. Ranges are located in the three states as well as in Iceland, our key international partner.

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About the University of North Dakota Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Research, Education and Training: The Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Research, Education and Training provides a conduit between private industry and UAS researchers, promoting commercialization of new UAS-related products and services while bringing new UAS-related business ventures to North Dakota. Their goals are to create a world-class infrastructure for UAS development, testing and evaluation, and to promote the commercialization of new UAS-related products and services.

The Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Research, Education and Training provides the finest training program of its kind anywhere in the world, while promoting private sector job growth in Grand Forks, and throughout the state of North Dakota.

Media contact: http://www.uasresearch.org/contact.aspx

 

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