About the OSU School of Mechanical and Aerospace EngineeringFrom the website: The Oklahoma State University School (OSU) of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) instructs and encourages students to reach full potential in technical expertise, innovative expression, intellectual curiosity, and collaborative design. MAE’s mission is to prepare engineers that are competitive nation-wide and internationally for employment opportunities and who will become respected achievers within their discipline and prepared for a lifetime of continuing development. For more information on the OSU School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, visit MAE.okstate.edu.
About the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science & Technology (OCAST)From the website: 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 www.OK.gov/OCAST About Oklahoma Applied Research Support (OARS) 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 SystemsVigilant Aerospace Systems is a private company headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma providing software and services worldwide. In addition to the FlightHorizon system, the company also provides integration and development consulting, testing, training and compliance services for unmanned aircraft flight operations and fleet managers. For more information on Vigilant Aerospace Systems and FlightHorizon detect-and-avoid and airspace management system, visit our website at www.VigilantAerospace.com
About FlightHorizonFlightHorizon is a situational awareness and safety system for airspace management. The system provides airspace managers with either a 2D or 3D view of all aircraft in the selected airspace using a combination of sensors and data sources to create an airspace safety picture for pilots, airspace managers and command centers. The system is based on an exclusively licensed NASA patent and prototype that has been used in extensive flight testing, including beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS) flight testing at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center and at the OSU Unmanned Aircraft Flight Station. FlightHorizon functions as both a visualization tool for airspace management, an active situational awareness tool and as a detect-and-avoid system that enables unmanned aircraft to avoid other aircraft and keeps drone pilots and airspace managers aware of the location and air traffic around their UAS and in their airspace. The system provides the ability to designate one or more aircraft as “ownship” and to track those aircraft specifically for collision avoidance and provides self-separation advisories for those aircraft, including visual cues, on-screen text warnings and audible advisories. FlightHorizon is also designed to help users to better meet civil aviation authority regulations and requirements and to reduce risk. It can also improve the relative competitiveness of subscribing airparks in attracting UAS operators and service providers. For more information on FlightHorizon, visit our Products and Services page. Read OSU’s announcement here: “Vigilant Aerospace demonstrates FlightHorizon 2 in autonomous 18 mile flight with OSU”
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- “Vigilant Aerospace Demonstrates FlightHorizon 2 in Autonomous 18-Mile Flight with Oklahoma State University.” sUAS News; 10 October 2019.
- “Testers Achieve Autonomous, Long-Distance Drone Flight.” Aviation Week; 10 October 2019.
- “Oklahoma State University teams up with Vigilant Aerospace Systems for demonstration flight.” Commercial Drone Professional; 11 October 2019.
- “OSU and Vigilant Aerospace carry out drone demonstration near Stillwater.” OK Energy Today; 11 October 2019.
- “Drone technology company partners with OSU.” The Oklahoman; 11 October 2019.
- “Aerospace & Defense Roundup: Testers Achieve Autonomous, Long-Distance Drone Flight.” Aviation Week Network; 11 October 2019.
- “Vigilant Aerospace Demonstrates FlightHorizon 2 in Autonomous 18-Mile Flight.” UAS Weekly; 12 October 2019.
- “Oklahoma test corridor conducts first BVLOS flight.” Unmanned Airspace; 14 October 2019.
- “Vigilant Aerospace, OSU drone flies 18 miles by itself.” The Oklahoman; 15 October 2019.
- “Oklahoma State Completes 18-Mile Autonomous Drone Demo.” Unmanned Aerial; 16 October 2019.
- “Oklahoma State University, Vigilant Aerospace Systems Conduct Autonomous Demonstration Flight at OSU’s BVLOS Corridor.” AUVSI; 16 October 2019.
- “Autonomous 18-Mile BVLOS UAS Flight Conducted.” Unmanned Systems Technology (UST); 18 October 2019.
- “Vigilant Aerospace Performs 18-Mile Autonomous Flight with Oklahoma State University.” UAS Vision; 18 October 2019.
- Video: “AUVSI Weekend Roundup 10-18-19.” AUVSI; 18 October 2019.
Social Media Coverage
Vigilant Aerospace Demonstrates FlightHorizon 2 in Autonomous 18-Mile Flight with Oklahoma State University https://t.co/JINDsRtay5 pic.twitter.com/Kpb2L3VvVN— sUAS News (@sUASnews) October 10, 2019
Congratulations @VigilantAero and @okstate! These two continue proving Oklahoma as a leader in unmanned/autonomous technology development. #OKACES #OKaerospace #OKtop10 #drone #UAV https://t.co/PuexZSeZ1n— Oklahoma ACES (@ACESoklahoma) October 14, 2019
✈️ OSU’s Unmanned Systems Research Institute and Vigilant Aerospace conducted a first-of-its-kind, beyond-visual-line-of-sight test this week! Click here for the full story!!! ✈️ https://t.co/uvIo7twax9— OSU CEAT (@OSU_CEAT) October 10, 2019
Oklahoma State University teamed with Vigilant Aerospace Systems to demonstrate detect-and-avoid technology on long distance autonomous flights. https://t.co/Libc0Z32HD via @cdronepro— PJ Tikalsky (@PJ_Tikalsky) October 11, 2019