New Aerial Testbed for Sensors & Communications Devices

Researchers at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) are developing an airborne testing capability for sensors, communications devices, and other airborne payloads. This aerial test bed, called the GTRI Airborne Unmanned Sensor System (GAUSS), is based on an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) made by Griffon Aerospace and modified by GTRI. The project includes development, installation, and testing of a sensor suite. This suite consists of a camera package, a signals intelligence package for detecting and locating ground-based emitters, and a multi-channel ground-mapping radar. The radar is being designed using phased-array antenna technology that enables electronic scanning. Possible applications include using the signals intelligence package to locate people buried in rubble by searching for cell phone signals.