Airborne Detect and Avoid System 2020 (ADAS20)

Project ADAS20 is a collaboration of SMEs that have come together to develop Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) suitable for use in oil, gas and mineral exploration activities, and in-land and maritime monitoring applications. The key challenge of the project is to enable the platform to have Beyond-Line-Of-Sight (BLOS) operating capability, by developing and characterising a prototype collision Detect and Avoid (DAA) system.

The project lead, Barnard Microsystems, first got involved in RPAS back in 2004. The company participated in the MOD innovation ‘Grand Challenge 2008’ to identify ways in which robotic vehicles could be used to detect threats to military personnel. This project focuses on civilian applications for RPAS and builds upon previous Innovate UK Proof of Market and Proof of Concept projects. The project is supported by two other SMEs; one focusing on sensors and the other on regulations.

This is Barnard Microsystem’s first ATI project – Joseph Barnard MD said: “We found the application process to be very well streamlined, with helpful feedback provided along the way”. The project also benefits from cross-fertilisation with another ATI-funded project, AQUILA, where Barnard Microsystems participated as a project partner.

The project aims to demonstrate the capability by mid-2018, and then conduct tests around the world and have regulatory approval in place by 2020 from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The project has already helped open up doors to other potential customers, such as for geophysical survey applications and other oil and minerals exploration and production companies. Initial discussions have also been held with Leonardo, who are interested in adapting the technology for use in helicopter applications.

Download the Airborne Detect and Avoid System 2020 (ADAS20) case study
Short Title: ADAS20
Project Number: 102370
Project Cost: £2,432,339
End Date: 31st Jul 2018
Time Horizon: Secure
Lead Partner: Barnard Microsystems Limited
Attributes: Safety, Operational Needs & Flexibility
ATI Value Stream: Aircraft of the future