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Honeywell supplying radar for UAM platform

12th June 2019 - 12:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Honeywell Aerospace has announced that is has signed an agreement to supply an unnamed developer with its IntuVueTM RDR-84K band radar system for an urban air mobility (UAM) prototype platform.

‘The RDR-84K is one of the many solutions we offer UAM companies,’ said Carl Esposito, the president of Electronic Solutions at Honeywell Aerospace. ‘We’re continuously developing new technology to meet the future demands and needs of all developers so they can create concept UAM aircraft that disrupt transportation and change the way people commute.'

The RDR-84K is a compact and lightweight software-based radar that can detect multiple obstacles in its flight path. It is currently being tested and produced, building upon Honeywell’s catalogue of radar and sensor technologies. 

Honeywell’s radar is a phased-array radar with no moving parts, being electronically steered. This reduces the number of sensors, hardware requirements and installations, maintenance, size, weight and power needs.

Unlike hardware-based radars, the RDR-84K makes use of multiple beams that not only scan, but also detect different inputs such as other aircraft, weather, terrain and runways simultaneously. This technology was designed with small airborne platforms in mind, such as helicopters, UAM aircraft and unmanned aircraft.

Honeywell announced two other UAM development agreements earlier in the year.

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