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Joint Meeting CONSULTANTS' NETWORK & AESS: Future of UAVs in National Airspace

on October 13, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Speaker Barry Jackson
Topic Info

The October 13th joint meeting of the IEEE/CN and the IEEE Aerospace and Electronics Systems Society (AESS) of San Diego will feature a presentation on terrestrial and satellite wireless data links between ground controllers and UAVs (AKA drones). Scope of talk will be:

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) established the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Office to integrate Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) safely and efficiently into the National Airspace System (NAS). The UAS Integration Office is working closely with the UAS community to develop the performance and certification standards for the Command and Control (C2) Data Link. An initial phase of standards development will provide standards for the C2 Data Link using L-Band Terrestrial and C-Band Terrestrial data links. A second phase is envisaged to provide standards for the use of SATCOM in multiple bands as a C2 Data Link to support UAS.

To support the FAA mission above the Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics (RTCA) Special Committee 228 was stood up to produce a Minimum Operational Performance Standards (MOPS) for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SC-228) by the RTCA Program Management Committee (PMC) on 20 May 2013 with Terms of Reference (TOR) given in RTCA Paper No. 109-13/PMC-1089.

The presentation will be about the committee, its deliberations, work to date and speculation as to the outcome to be presented to Congress (by the FAA) to enshrine in law by mid 2015. Some factors to consider are:

Overview of UAV communications environment
Command and control
Detect and avoid
Safety, reliability and redundancy
Lost communications protocol
Payload control and downlink
Bandwidth limitations
Frequency reuse
Operations in congested airspace
Size, Weight and Power (SWaP) issues

Join us for an interesting and informative presentation and discussion of some of the enabling technology required to allow integration of UAVs into the National Airspace System (NAS).

Speaker Bio

Barry R. P. Jackson is an RF engineer with decades of experience designing and implementing terrestrial and satellite data links between fixed ground facilities and a wide variety of aircraft and other moving targets. Barry is currently COO of Cahon Systems Inc., a designer and manufacturer of satellite data links for large UAVs. Barry was educated through the British system. He trained as an electronics engineer specializing in computing with a major UK computer manufacturer, then focused on guided weapons, radar and radio communications systems in later years. He worked for a large UK defense contractor in the UK and overseas before leaving to become the Director of European operations for a US telemetry company. He and a partner founded a UK telemetry engineering company, which they operated for 17 years. During this time he acquired considerable expertise in the application and installation of the products of several US telemetry and video compression companies. Mr. Jackson moved to the U.S. and managed world-wide sales for a video surveillance company prior to co-founding Cahon Systems Inc.

Barry also serves on the FAA/RTCA committee currently setting the standards for communications to provide command and control of small, medium and large UAVs in the NAS.

Location Giovanni's Restaurant, 9353 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard at Ruffin Road
Directions Giovanni's Restaurant (also called Giovanni's Pizza) is conveniently located near the Interstate 15, SR 163 and SR 52 freeways. Please see map at Click the little map on the web site for a bigger map.

The IEEE Consultants' Network meets on the second Monday of every month, same time, same place (now at Giovanni's Restaurant in Kearney Mesa). The format is dinner and networking from 6-7 PM and meeting from 7-8:30 PM. The speakers' presentations will start promptly at 7:00 PM. This will allow the formal portion of the meeting to be finished no later than 8:30. All are welcome to stay later for additional questions and networking.

We always welcome newcomers and old faces we haven’t seen in a while. No RSVP is required; just show up. Order at the counter; tell them you are with IEEE and they will direct you to the meeting room. We now meet in the larger, quieter room, down the hall to the right as you enter the restaurant!

Wi-Fi is available in the meeting room – password will be posted.


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Cost No charge. Buy your own dinner.
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