Long Range Passive Ranging and Collision Avoidance for UAS
Award last edited on: 9/18/2023

Sponsored Program
Awarding Agency
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Principal Investigator
Riten Gupta

Company Information

UtopiaCompression Corporation (AKA: UC technologies~Utopia Compression Corporation)

11150 West Olympic Boulevard Suite 820
Los Angeles, CA 90064
   (310) 473-1500

Research Institution

Pennsylvania State University

Phase I

Contract Number: FA8649-21-P-0184
Start Date: 1/15/2021    Completed: 7/15/2021
Phase I year
Phase I Amount
Sense and avoid (SAA) systems are crucial for safe integration of unmanned aircraft into the national air space system. An SAA system provides an automated method of avoiding collisions caused by intruding aircraft, supplanting the pilot’s “see-and-avoid”

Phase II

Contract Number: FA8649-22-P-0790
Start Date: 3/11/2022    Completed: 3/10/2023
Phase II year
Phase II Amount
Visual sensors (electro-optical and infrared) are important for many civil and military aviation applications. The key advantages of visual sensors are 1) the ability to sense passively (without emissions) and 2) their low size, weight, and power (SWaP). In this AFWERX STTR project, UtopiaCompression’s novel UAS passive collision alert system (PCAS), which passively estimates intruding aircraft 3-D state, has been augmented with collision avoidance algorithms, providing a complete detect-and-avoid capability for unmanned aircraft. The PCAS system’s estimator will be applied to long-range target state estimation in Phase II for USAF Air National Guard missions.