Limited Deployment – Cooperative Airspace Project (LD-CAP) is a collaborative effort amongst several entities including the University of North Dakota, MITRE, the NASA–Langley Research Center, North Dakota State University, the North Dakota National Guard, Draper Laboratories, and others to test unmanned aircraft system (UAS) sense and avoid technologies and algorithms to aid in UAS National Airspace System (NAS) integration. This project is also an opportunity to engage and educate the general aviation community regarding Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B) technology and the benefits it would provide to the aviation community.
- Conduct flight tests of cooperative automatic sense and avoid within a pseudo-cooperative airspace.
- Create a temporary pseudo cooperative airspace by:
- Outfitting local aircraft that are not currently considered cooperative with ADS-B.
- Testing the concept of converting primary radar returns to TIS-B messages.
- Evaluate operational and other impacts.
- Develop a simulation-to-flight capability to evaluate candidate automatic sense and avoid algorithms. Flight tests will be used to ensure computer simulation results are consist with those observed in flight.
- Conduct general aviation outreach regarding UAS and ADS-B.
- Develop a miniaturized UAT radio chip that will decrease the size and cost of ADS-B units.
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