Modern Technology Solutions has collaborated withÂ PrecisionHawk andÂ Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi to test PrecisionHawk’sÂ Low Altitude Traffic and Airspace Safety platform onÂ air traffic managementÂ withÂ four unmanned aircraft and two manned aircraft.
MTSI said Monday the demonstration wasÂ funded by the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorateâ€™s Borders and Maritime Security Division and took place at aÂ Port Mansfield, Texas-based small unmanned aircraft system test site for two weeks.
The tests aimed toÂ assess howÂ users can process UAS position reportsÂ and crowd-based aircraft data sourcing technologies in a cloud computing enironment
â€œEssential to these tests was the employment of cloud processed cellular 4G-LTE position reports integrated in to a single airspace picture with crowd based ADS-B and airspace and traffic data,â€ said Paul Evans, an MTSI senior engineer.
Tyler Collins, PrecisionHawk’s vice president for LATAS, said the tests aims to demonstrate a system that could assistÂ shared airspaceÂ operations of manned and unmanned aircraft.
Aircraft position reports from technologies such asÂ Global Positioning System,Â Automatic Dependent Surveillance â€“ Broadcast and Identification Friend or Foe Mode C were transmitted in real-time through theÂ LATAS web application, MTSI said.
The company further noted the LATAS platform works to alertÂ sUAS pilots of approaching air traffic andÂ geo-fenced restricted air space.