uAvionix, a manufacturer of navigation electronics, has announced the introduction of what it claims is the smallest and lightest ADS-B receiver ever made. The pingRX weighs 1.5 grams and requires 1/100th the power of conventional ADS-B receivers. Used now primarily on manned aircraft, miniaturizing the equipment allowed the technology to be useable on small drones. pingRX measures 32mm x 15mm x 3mm, which is a fraction of the size of earlier units.
pingRX receives ADS-B information broadcast by other aircraft on 2 frequencies approved by the FAA (978MHz and 1090MHz.) This allows the unit to detect commercial aircraft threats within a 100 statute mile radius in real time.
For drone aircraft system installation, pingRX is designed for direct MAVLink integration with Pixhawk autopilots and APM Mission Planner software.
A receiver only solution will help the drone avoid other planes, but because it is not a transponder it won’t help with identifying or locating the drone in the NAS. Maybe one guy getting out of the way is enough. Or am I missing something here?
I wonder how this compares to the highly anticipated Google ADS-B solution.
For more check out the uAvionix website.