Sagetech transponder enables unmanned aircraft systems operations in civil airspace

Sagetech Corporation has shown that a PAE ISR Resolute Eagle UAS, equipped with a Sagetech XPC-TR-50 Mode C transponder, can complete a mission in civil airspace, the company said.

The flight took place at the Pan-Pacific UAS Test Range located at Pendleton Airport in Oregon while operating under an FAA Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA).

Resolute Eagle is a fixed wing tactical UAS that offers advanced performance for use in civil or military airspace. Without a transponder, the aircraft´s small size makes it virtually invisible to Air Traffic Control (ATC). Sagetech´s military-certified XP transponder eliminates this issue, allowing the Resolute Eagle unmanned airplane to operate safely while sharing airspace with manned aircraft.

PAE ISR LLC is a joint venture of PAE, American Operations Corporation (AOC), and Battlespace Flight Services, LLC (BFS) providing intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance solutions and services to US government agencies, NATO, and other international organizations. As a lead systems integrator and full-service provider for unmanned aerial systems, PAE ISR has significant experience in system integration, test and evaluation, operations and maintenance, logistics, training, deployment support, and leased UAS services.

Sagetech Corporation, founded in 1998, provides miniature, certified avionics suited for use in drones as small as 10 lbs gross weight. Sagetech aviation transponders have long been used to facilitate military operations worldwide, logging over 1 million combat flight hours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Sagetech´s products are trusted as standard equipment in most small military UAS worldwide.