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Aviation Week, a leading industry publication, recently released an article covering the research and development work Vigilant Aerospace Systems and Oklahoma State University’s (OSU) Unmanned Systems Research Institute (USRI) have completed focusing on the live testing of a multi-sensor integrated detect-and-avoid system for unmanned aircraft operations.

The research and development project was carried out over the span of a year with flight tests hosted at the Oklahoma State University Unmanned Aircraft Systems Flight Station with the support of the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST) through the Oklahoma Applied Research Support program (OARS).

Read the article from Aviation Week: 

Vigilant Aerospace, OSU Team To Advance DAA System

Among the technologies integral to managing high-density airspace, fully autonomous aircraft, and air taxis are detect-and-avoid (DAA) systems that allow aircraft to maneuver around weather, turbulence, obstacles and other aircraft. Oklahoma City-based startup Vigilant Aerospace Systems is among the… Read more : Vigilant Aerospace, OSU Team to Advance DAA System


About the OSU Unmanned Systems Research Institute

Unmanned vehicles have become a revolutionary technology that is taking the world by storm. The OSU Unmanned Systems Research Institute (USRI) accesses expertise across Oklahoma State University allowing them to combine cutting edge product development with academic knowledge and resources to create unique solutions to critical problems. For more information on the OSU Unmanned Systems Research Institute, visit


The Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST) was established in 1987 by the Oklahoma legislature for the purpose of growing and diversifying the state’s economy through technology development, technology transfer and technology commercialization. OCAST’s was founded with the purpose of expanding and diversifying Oklahoma’s economy and providing new and higher quality jobs for Oklahomans by encouraging the development of new products. OCAST also is an active supporter of STEM education across Oklahoma’s common education system and provides funding to support internships between local industries and higher education. For more information on OCAST, visit

About the OARS Program

The Oklahoma Applied Research Support (OARS) program is an OCAST funding program that invests in research and development supporting innovative technologies with commercial potential. This funding is designed to increase investment in the R&D of new technologies that will ultimately bring value to the state of Oklahoma and help grow and diversify the state’s economy. Oklahoma public or private colleges/universities, non-profit research institutions, and private enterprises with the principal place of business in Oklahoma are all eligible to apply for OARS funding. To learn more about OARS, visit the program website.


About Vigilant Aerospace Systems

Vigilant Aerospace is a technology company with offices in Oklahoma and North Dakota that provides the FlightHorizon detect-and-avoid and airspace management system for unmanned and autonomous aircraft. Based on an exclusively licensed NASA patent, the system accepts inputs from multiple data sources, fuses the data into a single picture of the airspace, predicts potential conflicts with other aircraft and then provides avoidance advisories to an unmanned aircraft pilot or airspace manager. The system helps unmanned aircraft to maintain safe distances from other traffic which is required to fly beyond visual line-of-sight. The system is currently used in NASA and FAA flight testing programs and has been the subject of multiple scientific papers. Visit our website at


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