FlightHorizon UAS™ is an avionics software package that provides traffic and situational awareness, detect-and-avoid, synthetic cockpit views and other flight information for unmanned aircraft using a variety of sensors, including ADS-B In.
FlightHorizon UAS™ is designed to meet the upcoming RTCA SC-228 Phase II Minimum Operating Standards (MOPS), slated for publication in September 2016 as part of the FAA’s authorization to allow drones to fly beyond line of sight. It is also intended to help unmanned operators obtain a beyond visual line-of-sight waiver under Section 107.200 of the new sUAS Part 107 rules. The product is based on an exclusively licensed patent and software suite developed and tested by NASA at Armstrong Flight Research Center with FAA observation.
|Traffic awareness and visualization for beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS)|
|Real-time detect-and-avoid with traffic alerts and specific avoidance commands|
|2D and 3D synthetic cockpit views|
|High resolution aerial photography and interactive geo-browser|
|Real-time traffic data from on-board transponder and/or ground transponder and FAA feed|
|Multi-platform; Runs on tablet or laptop and on Windows, Mac or Linux OS|
|Integrates with multiple transponder models via serial, USB or wifi|
|Proprietary, patent-pending avoidance algorithms and well-tested user interface design|
|Real-time weather radar overlay|
|Navigational and approach charts overlay|
|Air-traffic control zones and temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) overlay|
|Detailed flight and traffic logging and replay|
|Compliant with FAA part 107 with 107.200 waiver and with anticipated RTCA SC-228 MOPS Phase II|
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FlightHorizon Display & Alerts
Traffic Awareness & Visualization
Operator's ownship is displayed in the center of the map with two concentric circles or "range rings."
- Range Rings - a yellow ring (traffic alert) and red ring (traffic threat)
Ownship Tracking - Track ownship by ICAO number as broadcast by the onboard transponder, to allow for easy tracking of the unmanned aircraft instantly from flight-to-flight without needing to make any adjustments to the software.
Self-Separation & Flight Path Return Commands
FlightHorizon provides commands not only to self-separate from potential collisions but also to return to the drone’s previous flight path. Visual and audible commands direct the operator.
All other aircraft are displayed in light blue with text noting their callsign, flight level (FL), and current ground speed (GS) in knots. Other aircraft change color to indicate their threat level:
|Light Blue = no conflict|
|Yellow = traffic alert|
|Red = traffic threat|
Other Aircraft Information
User can display more information about each aircraft in view by selecting (clicking) the aircraft. Available information may included: Callsign, Type (No. Info), Speed (knots), Bearing, Range, Altitude, and Emergency Info.
Directional (Heading) Line
The ground tracking heading of the aircraft is shown with a blue line originating from the back and front of each aircraft in view (shown for own-ship and all other aircraft in view); the heading line includes three dots in front of the aircraft indicating the trajectory predicted out to 30, 60, and 90 seconds.
Traffic Alerts, Threats, & Warnings
FlightHorizon airborne threat levels:
When another aircraft enters within 5 nautical miles of ownship, FlightHorizon alerts the operator with both an audible notification (“Traffic Traffic”) and visual cues. Visual Traffic Alert cues include:
- Yellow “Traffic Alert” Message at the top of the display
- Yellow aircraft icon
- Yellow text displaying the other aircraft bearing, distance from ownship, and altitude
- Yellow vector line drawn from the other aircraft to ownship
When another aircraft enters within 3 nautical miles of ownship, FlightHorizon alerts the operator with both an audible notification (“Traffic Traffic”) and visual cues. Visual Traffic Threat cues include:
- Red “Traffic Threat” Message at the top of the display
- Red aircraft icon
- Red text displaying the other aircraft bearing, distance from ownship, and altitude
- Red vector line drawn from ownship to the other aircraft
Visual Text Warnings
On-screen text avoidance commands appear at the top of the screen, in addition to audible commands, to provide better communication and safety assurance in noisy piloting environments. *Note: Settings for traffic alerts and warnings can be changed in the FlightHorizon options.
When FlightHorizon detects a conflict with another aircraft, the software displays a green line that indicates the best avoidance maneuver; avoidance maneuvers may include directions to turn left or right, climb or descend, speed up or slow down. Includes vocal maneuver instructions to operator to de-conflict the aircrafts and then, if a flight plan was previously loaded, return to the original flight path.
FlightHorizon System Logging & Options
FlightHorizon logs all flight data and aircraft encounters to a local log file.
Flight log files can be used to re-play the flight in FlightHorizon at a later date and you can also save, backup and share individual flight logs between workstations easily.
User can remotely provision licenses and to license FlightHorizon installs to individual aircraft using an ICAO number.
Completed hardware integration to both the uAvionix PingEFB receiver and the Stratux receiver for Pi 3 to allow for highly modular, high-performance ground control station signal receipt using either device and a greater variety of antennae, depending on operational needs.
Options Management System
20 configuration and performance options available through the user interface allowing the user to tune system performance to specific flight situations, equipage and environments.
Default Options for Fixed-wing and Quadcopter Aircraft
Ability to select pre-configured option sets from a drop-down menu based on the type of aircraft being flown. Default option sets include one optimized for fixed-wing UAS and another for sUAS quadcopter aircraft.
User can create custom sense and avoid configuration settings and save them under a new, unique name in the options drop-down menu. Just select "New" to save and name the new settings configuration.
NASA World Wind
FlightHorizon mapping platform uses the latest version of NASA World Wind, the 3D globe viewer that provides unmanned pilots with both high resolution aerial photography and the ability to load and display complex geospatial data like weather radar, air traffic control areas, and ADS-B tower locations.