Researchers at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) have developed a small UAV with an on-board system that enables the vehicle to use vision to detect another aircraft in flight and avoid a collision with it.
In trials, the system delivered real-time warnings to the ground control station, which prevented collision through a manual avoidance manoeuvre. The aircraft was tested in unsegregated, class G airspace. QUT’sAustralian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation (ARCAA) collaborated with Boeing Research and Technology-Australia and Insitu Pacific carried out the research. The trials were conducted in an airfield northwest of Brisbane.