Funded Research

Funding: $800K
A-6 Surveillance Criticality for Sense and Avoid (SAA)
North Carolina State University is leading a team of researchers from the University of North Dakota, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical, Mississippi State, The Ohio State and Oregon State Universities to determine if UAS can safely use current surveillance equipment, such as transponders, GPS beacons and collision avoidance systems. First, they'll study how manned aircraft and air traffic controllers interact using this equipment to avoid collisions. Then they'll see if controllers and UAS operators can use current equipment to provide the same safety for UAS. Finally, they'll investigate emerging technology to see if UAS can avoid collisions autonomously. This research will help the FAA set standards for airborne sense and avoid systems to potentially allow UAS to avoid collisions autonomously.

Proposed Research

W54: Highly Agile Spectrum Management, $200K

W51: Secure Communication Link with Interference Mitigation, $200K

ASSURE C2 Advantages

The Ohio State ElectroScience Lab Indoor Compact Range - radar cross-section determination and EMI studies
Two C-172 research aircraft based at KOSU (experimental)
Strong coupling between analysis and practical application: spectrum models and characterization with flight hardware
Synergy with active research projects from other government agencies on spectrum, ADS-B and radar systems
Strong connections with a wide array of corporate partners