ITTC Project

Multichannel Sense-and-Avoid Radar for Small UAVs

Project Award Date: 11-15-2012


Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) may enable many valuable future commercial
and industrial services; however their lack of situation awareness poses unacceptable societal hazards such as airborne collisions with mobile and fixed structures. Although air traffic may rely on established transponder-based collision-avoidance systems, UAS avoidance of noncooperative objects (e.g., balloons, parachutists, towers, etc.) will require supplemental sensors.
While a suite of on-board sensors may be needed to provide the UAS flight director with an acceptable situation-awareness level, such a suite will certainly include a radar given its allweather, day/night capability to provide accurate position and velocity data for nearby objects. While a few airborne radars may be capable of sensing non-cooperative objects for UAS avoidance, the size, weight, power requirements, and cost of these systems are not suitable for
deployment on small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).


Faculty Investigator(s): Christopher Allen (PI), Mark Ewing

Student Investigator(s): Mikhail (Mike) Zakharov, Robert Knight

Partner with ITTC

The Information and Telecommunication Technology Center at the University of Kansas has developed several assistance policies that enhance interactions between the Center and local, Kansas, or national companies. 

ITTC assistance includes initial free consulting (normally one to five hours). If additional support is needed, ITTC will offer one of the following approaches: 

Sponsored Research Agreement

Individuals and organizations can enter into agreements with KUCR/ITTC and provide funds for sponsored research to be performed at ITTC with the assistance of faculty, staff and students.

Licensing and Royalty/Equity Agreement

An ITTC goal is the development of investment-grade technologies for transfer to, and marketing by, local, Kansas, and national businesses. To enhance this process, the Center has developed flexible policies that allow for licensing, royalty, and equity arrangements to meet both the needs of ITTC and the company.

Commercialization Development

Companies with a technology need that can be satisfied with ITTC's resources can look to us for assistance. We can develop a relationship with interested partners that will provide for the development of a technology suited for commercialization.

ITTC Resource Access

ITTC resources, including computers and software systems, may be made available to Kansas companies in accordance with the Center's mission and applicable Regents and University policies.

ITTC Calendar
There are no upcoming events at this time.