In October, a patent issued covering:
Currently, UAVs are not allowed to fly in NAS. In particular, UAVs are not allowed to fly in any air space unless the UAV has received FAA approval. One of the most significant technology barriers for integrating UAVs into NAS is an effective and reliable collision avoidance system. Overcoming this technology barrier will open beneficial services to the national civilian marketplace such as forest management, mineral surveys, border patrol, agriculture and pipeline and power line inspections. Beyond these and other specific potential UAV markets, an effective and reliable collision avoidance system can provide pilots an additional mechanism to safely fly manned aircraft.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
A method and apparatus for autonomously, or at least semi-autonomously controlling an aircraft so as to avoid collisions are provided. A sensor is utilized to scan an area proximate the aircraft for a potential object of collision. The apparatus calculates navigational state of potential object of collision relative to the aircraft to determine that the aircraft is on a course to enter within a predetermined miss distance relative to the potential object of collision. The apparatus alters the course of the vehicle based on the calculated navigational states.