Company demonstrates NextGen tracking of manned and unmanned aircraft

Worried about the proliferation of unmanned aircraft in the National Airspace system? You’re not alone. Officials at Sagetech recently posted a video of a demonstration of the use of an off-the-shelf “NextGen” Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) system, along with an iPad, which can help pilots track unmanned and manned aircraft around them.

In the demonstration, the unmanned aircraft (Arcturus UAV) is carrying a Sagetech Mode S ADS-B Out Transponder. The manned aircraft (Cirrus) is carrying a Sagetech Mode S ADS-B Out Transponder with integrated GPS Receiver and a Sagetech Clarity ADS-B Receiver, which receives the signals from the unmanned and manned aircraft and connects to the iPad via WiFi link and plots both aircraft on the map.

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