New Integrated ADS-B Tech to Improve Drone Safety (Learn More)

Kongsberg Geospatial’s IRIS UAS situational awareness display now integrates the uAvionix PingStation ADS-B receiver to provide an effective way to monitor drones and airspace.
Kongsberg Geospatial’s IRIS UAS situational awareness display now integrates the uAvionix PingStation ADS-B receiver to provide an effective way to monitor drones and airspace.

Kongsberg Geospatial and uAvionix, will be integrating Kongsberg Geospatial’s IRIS UAS Airspace Situational Awareness Display with uAvionix’s PingStation ADS-B receiver.

Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast, or ADS-B transceivers help track the exact position of aircraft or drones in real time.

uAvionix has created tiny, lightweight, and inexpensive ADS-B transceivers that can easily be installed in small UAVs, and the PingStation – a rugged, portable ground-based receiver that tracks the position of ADS-B-equipped aircraft within a range of up to 150 miles.

Kongsberg Geospatial has been providing real-time geospatial and spatial awareness technology to support air traffic management, air defense applications, and unmanned systems for nearly three decades.

Their IRIS UAS situational awareness display had its genesis in supporting military UAV flight operations, and was developed to help operators safely pilot UAVs beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS).

(See an overview of IRIS UAS – a comprehensive situational awareness platform developed to provide Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) operators with the necessary situational awareness to safely operate Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) Beyond Visual Line-of-Sight (BVLOS). Courtesy of Kongsberg Geospatial and Vimeo)

By integrating the PingStation receiver with the IRIS UAS display, the two companies hope to create a portable and inexpensive solution that would dramatically increase the safety of commercial drone flight operations – especially when operating beyond visual line-of-sight.

The uAvionix PingStation ADS-B receiver is shown next to a workstation running Kongsberg Geospatial’s IRIS UAS airspace situational awareness display
The uAvionix PingStation ADS-B receiver is shown next to a workstation running Kongsberg Geospatial’s IRIS UAS airspace situational awareness display

PingStation is a lightweight, compact antenna that can quickly be erected on a pole mount, while the IRIS UAS software can be operated on a variety of Ground Control Station displays – or even a Windows Surface tablet.

The combined system allows operators to quickly set up and begin tracking the position of their UAV and any nearby aircraft equipped with ADS-B transceivers.

(See uAvionix PingRX, the worlds lightest full range ADS-B receiver. Designed for use by UAS/Drone platforms PingRX allows drone operators to view commercial aircraft operating in a programmable spherical radius to improve situation awareness and safety. Courtesy of uAvionix and YouTube)

“PingStation is a great fit for the IRIS display,” said Ranald McGillis, President of Kongsberg Geospatial.

Ranald McGillis, President of Kongsberg Geospatial
Ranald McGillis, President of Kongsberg Geospatial

“It provides an efficient and cost-effective way of accurately tracking small unmanned systems, and in combination with the airspace visualization that IRIS UAS provides it will dramatically increase the safety of unmanned flight operations wherever it’s in use.”

Kongsberg Geospatial and uAvionix will be demonstrating the integrated receiver and airspace situational awareness display at the AUVSI Xponential symposium May 8- 11 in Dallas, TX.

Kongsberg Geospatial creates precision real-time software for mapping, geospatial visualization and situational awareness, deployed in solutions for air-traffic control, Command and Control, and air defense.

Over nearly three decades of providing dependable performance under extreme conditions, Kongsberg Geospatial has become the leading geospatial technology provider for mission-critical applications where lives are on the line. Kongsberg Geospatial is a subsidiary of Kongsberg Defence Systems.

uAvionix develops the world’s smallest, lightest and most affordable ADS-B transponder, Ping.

uAvionix’ Ping network system combines hardware, software, and real-time airspace mapping to enable companies to safely and reliably operate drones in the NAS.