RUAG’s Laser-Based Automatic UAS Landing System

Swiss company RUAG has developed OPATS (Object Position and Tracking Sensor) – a laser-based automatic landing system for UAS that represents a cost-efficient alternative to radar-based landing systems.

The landing procedure for UAS is still a very delicate operation and the most critical phase during the entire UAS flight.

The key feature of the system OPATS is the continuous position measurement of the approaching unmanned aircraft by means of an eye-safe, OPATS system infrared laser beam which is echoed back from a passive and optionally heated retro reflector on the aircraft.

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