Kongsberg Geospatial and FAA ASSURE UAS Centre of Excellence team members partner for operational trials of Detect and Avoid and Beyond Visual Line of Sight display software
Ottawa, CA: Kongsberg Geospatial, an Ottawa-based developer of real-time, mission critical, geospatial and mapping 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 FAA ASSURE group will be using Kongsberg Geospatial's IRIS system for UAS BVLOS test missions in their partner university flight testing programs
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 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 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