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NEWS | Dec. 1, 2016

Envisioning a Giant Leap in Avoiding Mid-Air Collisions


UtopiaCompression Corp.

  • LOCATION: Los Angeles, California
  • TOPIC NUMBER: ST081-005
  • TOPIC TITLE: Vision-Based Detect-and-Avoid Solution for Small Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)
  • TECHNICAL PROJECT OFFICE: AFRL Sensors Directorate, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH. DARPA Tactical Technology Office

A California-based small business is filling a critical need for improved collision avoidance technology aboard unmanned aircraft.

UtopiaCompression Corp. – with support from the Air Force Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Program and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) – has developed and recently tested a sense-and-avoid capability that uses passive equipment and does not require the host unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to maneuver. That combination allows other aircraft as small as a Cessna 172 to be detected and tracked at a distance of up to three nautical miles, which is a significant advancement compared to existing technology.


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