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How does a remote pilot know if some airplane is approaching his UAS? Answering this question has been one of the major roadblocks preventing UAS operations Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS). Cooperative aircraft broadcast their position via ADS-B, and services are available to provide that information to UAS operators. Non-Cooperative aircraft require an onboard sensor that can detect aircraft kilometers away, yet still be small, lightweight and low power.

PANCAS™
In the FAA Pathfinder report, PANCAS™ was identified as the first non-cooperative aircraft sensor that satisfies these requirements.

PANAMA™
The PANAMA™ system uses hardware similar to PANCAS™, but the system offers a sense and avoid capability fine-tuned to military operations, such as manned-unmanned teaming and operating under Due-Regard.

SARA is also developing exciting acoustic solutions to ground-based airspace monitoring and counter-UAS sensor solutions.

To see and hear PANCAS™ or PANAMA™ work, please click here.

To learn how they operate, please click here.

To read about SARA’s PANCAS™ in the FAA Pathfinder Focus Area 2, Phase 3 report (page 7 (item 3) and page 38, last full paragraph), please go to www.faapathfinderreport.com

To discuss how PANCAS™ or PANAMA™ might integrate into your platform, or to discuss other acoustic solutions for your missions, please contact us.

SARA has developed the only systems for non-cooperative aircraft detection yet identified by the FAA as likely enabling Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drone operations in the US National Airspace. SARA’s acoustic-based aircraft detection system was identified as such by the FAA’s Pathfinder report in spring of 2018 and is immediately available for custom integration with qualified Fixed-Wing Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) and Unmanned Air Systems (UASs). It is soon to be available for Vertical Take Off & Landing (VTOL) UASs and Drones.

For US government applications, SARA has been collaborating with the relevant US Navy “PMA” on a program known as PANAMA™.

For commercial applications, SARA has been collaborating on a product known as PANCAS™ with PrecisionHawk, an industry leader in extended Line of Sight drone operations for a range of industries including agriculture, energy, insurance, government and construction.
www.precisionhawk.com/bvlos

PANCAS™ or PANAMA™ consists of a small array of lightweight SARA-unique acoustic sensors and processing. Should a nearby aircraft be detected as “too close” the SARA system either works automatically with the host UAV to implement the best maneuvers or sends an alert to the operator through the existing UAV downlink.

To see and hear PANCAS™ or PANAMA™ work, please click here.

To learn how they operate, please click here.

To read about SARA’s PANCAS™ in the FAA Pathfinder Focus Area 2, Phase 3 report (page 7 (item 3) and page 38, last full paragraph), please go to www.faapathfinderreport.com

To discuss how PANCAS™ or PANAMA™ might integrate into your platform, or to discuss other acoustic solutions for your missions, please contact us.


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