uAvionix Ping200S Mode S Transponder Receives FCC Approval to Install on UAS, Balloons and Gliders
uAvionix Corp.’s Ping200S Mode S Transponder with Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) has received approval from the Federal Communications Commission, making the Ping200S Mode S Transponder suitable for installation on UAS, high-altitude balloons and non-powered gliders, to provide them with safety and situational awareness while flying in the air.
“We are excited to offer Ping200S to the market,” says uAvionix CEO Paul Beard via press release. “Until now, operators requiring a transponder have had to choose between unlicensed devices or heavier, power-hungry legacy solutions.”
Beard adds, “the Ping200S will extend flight time and increase available payload for high altitude balloon and beyond line of sight UAV operators with no compromise to safe operation or performance.”
The Ping200S can operate for hours off of a single battery pack, while providing visibility to other aircraft up to 200 miles away.
Other features of the Ping200S are its ability to allow an aircraft to respond to interrogations by traditional radar and the TCAS collision avoidance system, as well as its ability to report an unmanned aircraft’s identification, type, position, velocity and course at one-second intervals, thanks to the ADS-B.