SqwaQ demonstrates BVLOS UAS flight capabilities for controlled airspace

This would eliminate the need for UTM (Unmanned Traffic Management) restrictions. It will also help resolve other obstacles that delay wide-scale, routine UAS integration into the airspace.

SqwaQ demonstrates BVLOS UAS flight capabilities for controlled airspace
SqwaQ demonstrates BVLOS UAS flight capabilities for controlled airspace

SqwaQ demonstrates BVLOS UAS flight capabilities for controlled airspace

SqwaQ announced that it has successfully demonstrated its patented airborne LTE drone communications technology for multiple partners. The technology enables drones, helicopters, air taxis and other connected aircraft to share the same airspace rather than being segregated.

This would eliminate the need for UTM (Unmanned Traffic Management) restrictions. It will also help resolve other obstacles that delay wide-scale, routine UAS integration into the airspace.

SqwaQ enables safe, unfettered integration into controlled airspace while also resolving Remote Aircraft ID, Pilot Credential Verification, Flight Path Management and other challenges that have limited UAS operations instead of segregating or restricting drones.

SqwaQboard is easy to integrate and a compact 3”x6”x1” communication module weighing only 270 grams that aggregates six 3G/4G LTE connections into one, multi-redundant data pipe to broadcast four pilot view and downward cameras or sensors simultaneously.

It also has a multi-redundant command and control (C2) and headroom for an array of avionics like Mode-S transponder, ADS-B in/out and VHF radio. These and even more capabilities are already patented or patent pending.

The SqwaQboard leverages the redundancy of communicating with multiple networks and towers simultaneously for more robust, redundant performance. It is built to conventional AS9100 and DO-160 aviation safety standards. It is the first and only carrier approved device authorized for Airborne LTE Operations.

SqwaQ can enable a remote pilot in New York to fly a properly equipped unmanned aircraft through controlled airspace in Los Angeles with the experience of actually sitting in the cockpit. Multiple pilot view cameras can be supported to stream live, 360-degree views around the aircraft as well as the normal downward cameras or sensors.

Nationwide command and control have less than 1/2 second latency round trip. The remote pilot could even talk to air traffic control via an onboard VHF radio just like manned aircraft, enter the traffic pattern, Ident with Mode-S or ADS-B transponder as directed, and then land at LAX airport per ATC approval.

To air traffic control, the experience would ‘feel’ like any other manned aircraft routinely handled. The entire experience could also be automated so ATC can remain alert to thousands of active drone flights at any moment without the burden of managing them unless they want to use airport facilities.

Gradually, that function could be automated and extend to manned aircraft as well, so air traffic controllers could manage 4-10 times the number of aircraft they handle today.

According to a report, Ted Lindsley, CEO, said “Autonomy and industrial IoT require robust, redundant communications. SqwaQ is delivering today what 5G still won’t do in ten years. We have prominent partners working under NDA to liberate drones and fly unfettered in the airspace.

That won’t happen with the plastic Chinese toy drones so commonly sold today of course. We’re excited to have major stakeholders in multiple countries pursuing this with us.”