MatrixSpace and INVOLI have jointly led the development of the inaugural F3623-23 Standard Specification for Surveillance Supplementary Data Service Provider (SDSP), recently published by ASTM International.
These SDSPs play a crucial role in supporting Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) operators by delivering essential air traffic surveillance, weather information, terrain details, obstacle clearance, and other specific data relevant to operations, particularly in the under-400 feet airspace frequently utilized in autonomous operations.
Traditionally, various sensors like radar, LiDAR, optical devices, Transponder Modes A, C, or S, and ADS-B lacked a unified platform for collecting and distributing surveillance data. UAS operators were required to establish individual, point-to-point connections with different sensor providers, resulting in a cumbersome and costly process. Moreover, operators had to reconcile track data from various sources, requiring validation for each track.
This newly established global SDSP standard sets forth benchmark requirements for collecting and disseminating air traffic surveillance data, streamlining the process for users. SDSPs are now empowered to develop data fusion capabilities, allowing for a consolidated track. This innovative approach eliminates complexity, offering UAS operators a convenient “one-stop shop” for comprehensive surveillance services.
The ASTM International recently published another SDSP standard for weather information. These efforts incentivize the UAS industry to build products that comply with these standards and have high confidence from the regulators. Regulators worldwide consider compliance with the standards one of the top requirements for operational approvals.
The MatrixSpace Radar delivers robust situational awareness for airborne and ground-based objects with its exceptionally low SWaP-C (size, weight, power, and cost). This capability remains effective irrespective of lighting and weather conditions. Consequently, it plays a pivotal role in enabling long-awaited Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) flights for uncrewed and autonomous aircraft while enhancing general aviation safety measures.
“Industry-driven standards are essential for the UAS industry to ensure requirements are based on practical, real-world implementations, and SDSPs play a vital role in expanding the UTM ecosystem and the overall safety of UAS operations,” commented Akaki Kunchulia, Airspace Regulations Lead for MatrixSpace. “This standard allows them to focus on product development adhering to this standard, which in turn ensures a level of integration not previously possible. As radar and other sensing capabilities become more advanced, we can integrate them easily into the wider surveillance service.”
The CEO of INVOLI, Manu Lubrano, commented, “As low-altitude BVLOS (beyond visual line of sight) autonomous and semi-autonomous flight proliferates, there is a growing need to provide a standard way to monitor air activities for collision avoidance. This is one of the key challenges facing the UAS industry to operate safely and at scale. This standard allows SDSPs to provide complex but streamlined surveillance data to multiple users and, in turn, enable more BVLOS flights.”
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