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Event 38 and Ghostwave Awarded Sense and Avoid Research Funding

Funding through OFRN for developing radar systems for drones

Akron, Ohio – June 3, 2019 – Event 38 is excited to announce that we are a member of a team that was recently awarded research and development (R&D) funding to develop a sense and avoid system for unmanned aircraft. The Ohio Federal Research Network (OFRN) awarded $6.3 million to just four of thirty three teams who submitted proposals.

Funding for this project was awarded under OFRN’s Sustaining Ohio’s Aeronautical Readiness and Innovation in the Next Generation (SOARING) initiative. This initiative is designed to help Ohio push ahead and expand in defense and commercial aerospace research, development, and sustainment. The four awarded project teams are comprised of collaborators from all across the state of Ohio.

Event 38 is proud to join Ghostwave, Inc in the integration of its anti-jam radar technology into a sense and avoid system. Other team members include researchers from Ohio University, The Ohio State University, and Lockheed Martin Advanced Technologies Lab.

The project is titled “UAV Detect-and-Avoid Sensor Fusion”. Right now, UAS operators in the US typically operate beyond line of sight only by closely controlling large sections of airspace to avoid collisions. In order to safely fly in unmanaged airspace, UAS must be able to detect manned aircraft with varying levels of electronic communication capability. Optical sensors alone may be insufficient to detect and avoid other aircraft in degraded visual environments (DVE). The objective of this project is to demonstrate radar-optical sensor fusion to enhance optical sensing in clear environments and in DVEs such as darkness, dust, fog or smoke.

The future is unmanned, and an unmanned craft moving in congested areas must avoid all other air traffic and confirm landing sites are clear. Event 38 is thrilled to be part of this ground breaking project.

Event 38 Unmanned Systems operates out of Akron, Ohio, and has customers all over the world. Event 38 designs and manufactures long range drones, onboard data processing solutions, and other equipment for unmanned aerial systems.


If you would like to learn more about Event 38 or this project specifically, please contact us via phone at (234) 206-0410 or email us at