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A new market intelligence report from BIS Research forecasts the market for UAV sense-and-avoid systems to reach $3.6Bn by 2022 and names Vigilant Aerospace Systems as a key player in the rising market. The study, titled “Global UAV Sense and Avoid Systems Market, Analysis & Forecast, 2017 – 2022,” was published April 17, 2108 and covers the key players, market segments, technologies, users and industry trends. According to the report, “A Sense and Avoid system is a combination of various programmed sensors and controllers installed in the airframe of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). These sensors and controllers enable the system to detect any obstacle in the path and avoid it completely while flying in the airspace. For this, the system uses a combination of cameras, radar, LiDAR, and other components. Further, the prime factors responsible for the growth of the system are increasing procurement of UAVs for military and commercial uses, along with stringent rules and regulations imposed by various countries’ government for UAV safety.” Without sense-and-avoid systems, UAS cannot achieve full commercial viability: “Unlike manned aircraft, drones without the presence of a human pilot cannot detect obstacles in close vicinity without the use of certain technical systems. Therefore, in order to attain safer drone navigation and their integration in the global airspace, there is an impending need of sense and avoid system in UAVs.” Gaurav Shukla, Sr. Research Associate at BIS Research, says that the emergence of new regulations and demand for beyond visual line-of-sight flight are driving the immediate growth in sense-and-avoid systems:
According to Gaurav Shukla, Sr. Research Associate at BIS Research “The usage of sense and avoid systems in the UAVs has witnessed an increase in the recent past. The governments across the globe are working on formulating regulations for UAVs to be used in beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations, which will make it mandatory for UAVs to have advanced sense and avoid systems. This is expected to increase the demand of sense and avoid systems used for UAVs during the forecast period.”
The report discusses the current trend towards increasingly autonomous flight operations and the importance of sense-and-avoid systems in the delivery of greater autonomy:
The sense and avoid systems are used in UAVs to make them capable enough to detect any obstacle in their path and avoid it during their flight to save them from damage. […]  Increasing technological advancements to build fully autonomous drones, and demand of sense and avoid technologies for swarm drones are expected to open several future opportunities for the growth of the UAV sense and avoid systems market.
The report also highlights that the demand for DAA systems is being driven by the growth in the usage of commercial and especially larger commercial UAS:
The commercial segment currently accounts for a large share in the overall revenue generated in overall UAV sense and avoid system market. The high share of commercial end-user is primarily attributed to the high demand of drones across various commercial applications and the rise in demand for drones equipped with sense and avoid system across commercial applications such as, inspection, delivery, first responders, and aerial imaging, among others.
Currently, the US is the leader in the development and implementation of detect-and-avoid systems:
The United States is the leading country and is expected to continue its lead during the forecast period. This is due to the presence of several commercial and non-commercial UAV sense and avoid system manufacturers, present in the respective country. Further, North America is expected to register the highest CAGR from 2017-2022, among others.
Vigilant Aerospace is honored to be recognized by BIS Research as a innovator in the UAS sense-and-avoid technology market. We agree that sense-and-avoid systems are key to the integration of unmanned aircraft into national airspaces and to the full adoption of commercial unmanned aircraft. Vigilant Aerospace is dedicated to providing a solution for unmanned sense-and-avoid and airspace awareness to enable beyond visual line-of-sight operations. Our FlightHorizon detect-and-avoid system, based on NASA tested and patented technology, provides a complete autonomous detect-and-avoid solution for both piloted and fully autonomous unmanned aircraft to deliver situational awareness and commands to self-separate and maintain well-clear distances for both piloted and autonomous unmanned aircraft. For more information on FlightHorizon, visit our Products & Services Overview. A preview and can ordered and the full report can be purchased here: Global UAV Sense-and-Avoid Systems Market – Analysis & Forecast, 2017-2022 Focus on (Application and Technology)

About Vigilant Aerospace Systems

Vigilant Aerospace is the leading developer of detect-and-avoid and airspace management software for uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS or drones). The company’s product, FlightHorizon, is based on two NASA patents and uses data from multiple sources to display a real-time picture of the air traffic around a UAS and to provide automatic avoidance maneuvers to prevent collisions. The software is designed to meet industry technical standards, to provide automatic safety and to allow UAS to safely fly beyond the sight of the pilot. The software has won multiple industry awards and the company has had contracts and users at NASA, the FAA, the U.S. Department of Defense and with a variety of drone development programs. Visit our website at

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