Remotely Operated Aircraft (ROAs) currently do not have convenient access to civil airspace due to their inability to provide an onboard capability to “see and avoid” air traffic. Defense Research Associates, Inc. and AFRL/SNJT have developed affordable technology based on silicon charge couple device sensors and passive moving target detection algorithms. Previously, a flight demonstration proved real-time implementation of complex detection and tracking algorithms with multiple sensors providing a wide field of regard was feasible. This paper documents lessons learned from that demonstration, subsequent improvements made to the prototype system, resulting performance improvements, and planned next steps .
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