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IRIS UXS is an airspace situational awareness system developed to provide Unmanned Aerial Systems (UXS) operators with the necessary situational awareness to safely operate Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) Beyond Visual Line-of-Sight (BVLOS). The platform presents users with 2D and 3D map and terrain data, aeronautical information such as aerodrome locations, obstacles and airspace, and real-time data from sensors, cameras, and weather data sources - all integrated within a single, common operating picture display that’s easy to use, and customizable on a per-mission basis.

A Common Operating Picture for BVLOS Operations

As the Commercial UXS sector matures, the need to conduct BVLOS operations in non-segregated airspace is becoming increasingly acute.

The IRIS UXS platform greatly enhances the situational awareness of UXS operators in BVLOS operations by presenting a single situational awareness display that aggregates and presents a broad array of external and ownship information sources. These are information sources that are not normally available or presented to a UXS operator by typical Ground Control Station (GCS) displays.

By consolidating this information and making it easily accessible to the UXS operator, IRIS UXS helps assist the operator in recognizing flight risks and choosing the safest course of action while the UXS is operating at BVLOS ranges.

In addition to aeronautical information, the platform aggregates and displays real-time data feeds of airborne traffic in proximity to the UXS, such as ADS-B data or Air Traffic Management (ATM) radar feeds, as well as live weather data. This combined display is highly intuitive, and allows for dramatically improved airspace situational awareness - even when the UXS is under direct observation.

Utilizing these data sources IRIS UXS calculates and displays warnings, alerts and cues to the UXS operator to maintain traffic separation and avoidance. IRIS UXS has been demonstrated to be more effective than direct visual observation when tested in a series of operational flight trials in collision avoidance scenarios1.

Ready to Integrate with Your UXS

IRIS UXS is Ground Control Station (GCS) and Autopilot agnostic, and can be deployed on a variety of form factors, depending on the nature of the platform and the operational requirements of the mission. The IRIS UXS display system can be deployed on a tablet to augment a handheld GCS or on a laptop as part of a desktop BVLOS GCS for applications such as emergency response and search and rescue; or even deployed on a tower or rack-mounted server as a component of a full-fledged UXS operations centre. IRIS UXS has been demonstrated in NASA UTM trials and has been selected by the Government of Canada for their Emergency Airspace Operations Management System (EOAMS).

Deployable to Multiple Form Factors

IRIS UXS can run on a Windows Surface tablet for use in the field with portable controllers on EVLOS missions.

The IRIS UXS platform can be deployed on a laptop and touchscreen for use with portable Ground Control Stations on BVLOS missions.

IRIS UXS can also be deployed as a server-based component of an integrated operations centre.

Intuitive, Touch-Driven Control

The IRIS UXS platform is built around an innovative, touch-driven user interface that allows operators to easily visualize and manage multiple data feeds. Live mission and aeronautical data can be displayed as user-customizable layers on 2D and 3D maps, while additional data feeds from cameras and other sensors are shown as a series of small “display cards” within the interface. Users can swap the displays by simply dragging display cards into the main viewing area. UXS operators can control the pan, zoom, and tilt of the operational picture with multi-touch gestures, or simply set the map to follow their ownship position from a variety of preconfigured perspectives.

Cloud Integration for Data and Reporting

IRIS UXS includes cloud integration for mission planning, updating and reporting purposes. A cloud-based application provides access to aeronautical data provided by the FAA and NAV Canada for mission planning purposes, and provides an easy way to store a mission file - both as a flight data recorder function and for any Flight Operations Quality Assurance (FOQA) analysis by the operator.

Built on Operational Experience

When engineering IRIS UXS, Kongsberg Geospatial leveraged over 30 years of development of ATM displays used world-wide and over 10 years of experience in developing situational awareness software for military UXS programs including the Northrop Grumman Triton Global Hawk.

The resulting platform is a uniquely mature, flexible system that provides a wealth of critical, real-time data in a deceptively simple touch-driven interface that includes common Command and Control functions.

The clean, customizable user interface makes it simple enough for UXS operators to use with minimal training. Kongsberg Geospatial is currently flight testing IRIS UXS for BVLOS operations with industry and regulatory partners, and as part of training exercises with emergency response services to gather and incorporate valuable user feedback.


  • Displays ownship UXS feeds, including telemetry and video
  • Live track data from ADS-B, Harris NEXTGEN™ and PrecisionHawk LATAS™
  • Live ADSB data integration with uAvionix PingStation™
  • High-performance plotting of up to 10 000 simultaneous tracks
  • Deployable to multiple form factors, including mobile devices
  • Pilot-configurable data layers to customize display
  • Integrates feeds from cameras, sensors, and web sources
  • Simple, intuitive multi-touch user interface
  • Provides on-the-fly coordinate and unit conversion
  • Supports multiple map data formats and coordinate systems
  • High-performance 3D terrain engine
  • Consistent smooth frame rate, even on tablets
  • Support for custom symbology and track data

1. Results cited from a 2016 trial led by Dr. Allison Ferguson, Director - Research and Education Partnerships at PrecisionHawk Inc.

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