On another subject, how practical is it to place a transponder on our 20LB helicopters? Do they emit enough RF to interfere with RC and downlink, can they be available for under 4lbs? Curious if that is where we are headed.
I believe they are referring to the manned aircraft transiting the area.
It has always been my opinion that the UAS needs to have the ability however that is accomplished to avoid manned aircraft.
We all know that for the most part the current crop of UAS are virtually invisible to the manned aircraft pilot in the air.
However a manned aircraft is usually VERY visible to the UAS operator.
In this case I am sure they are using radar at the operations site and the Navy will have the usual air traffic control radar.
What I gather from this article is the collision avoidance is done on the UAS part not the manned aircraft.
A good thing.
As for how practical it is to place a transponder on a UAS even as small as what we fly...well in my opinion the technology exists and I think we will see that as a viable reality in the near future.
The FAA is pushing ADS-B hard and that is "re-energizing" the transponder market. I see them getting smaller and less expensive in the coming years.
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