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Sense and Avoid "M-FAST" Technology for Drones

 
 
 
Sense and Avoid "M-FAST" Technology for Drones
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    PARC is developing M-FAST (Metamaterial Frequency-Adaptive Steerable Technology) -- a low cost, low size, weight, and power (SWaP), electronically scanned array adapted for 360° scanning and tracking of multiple small unmanned aircraft systems (SUAS) threats and objects. At its core, M-FAST consists of an array of tunable metamaterial elements, with a 120° field of view, which steers and shapes RF beams. M-FAST is a low-complexity platform compared to other traditional phased arrays or electronically scanned arrays. Additionally, M-FAST’s all-electronic platform is controlled by computationally lightweight algorithms.