Mini-ADS-B maker set to release newer, smaller versions for sUAS

By Luke Geiver | April 27, 2017

The maker of a miniature ADS-B transceivers and navigation products has announced plans to debut a new line of small unmanned aircraft systems products at the world’s largest unmanned vehicle event taking place in early May.

Based out of California, uAvionix Corp. intends to showcase a new series of offerings that are 40 percent lighter than previous versions. “Our customers have asked for even smaller and lighter versions,” said Paul Beard, CEO of uAvionix, adding that customers also wanted the systems to integrate transceivers, GPS receivers, GPS antennas and barometric pressure sensors into a single form factor that draw less power.

According to the company, the new product line makes installation into sUAS easier while giving pilots the ability to link with autopilots. The mini-ADS-B options can transmit a hosts aircraft position at 20W as well as receive nearby aircraft signal necessary for sense and avoid capabilities.

The most popular ADS-B transceiver offered by uAvionix is the Ping2020. At the drone event in Texas in May, the company will be displaying an upgrade to the popular unit. The Ping2020i is an FCC licensed and FAA approved 978MHz universal access transceiver product that can provide both ADS-B in and out functionality, according to the company.

To see a video of an sUAS equipped with a Ping2020 interact in the air with an approaching helicopter, click here