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Raytheon adds AirMap to ATC solution

22nd October 2019 - 08:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Raytheon has integrated AirMap's UAS monitoring capabilities onto a working prototype of its new air traffic controller workstation, the Multi-platform ATC Re-hosting Solution (MARS).

The new tools will give MARS the ability to offer air traffic controllers streamlined access to UAS monitoring in order to improve the safety of UAS integration in the airspace. The MARS workstation integrates commercial off-the-shelf technologies into a consolidated touchscreen display that provides access to multiple automation applications at one workstation, without changing re-hosted applications.

AirMap's intelligent airspace management tools include real-time remote identification, airspace authorisation, and dynamic geofencing, all designed to provide air traffic controllers access to UAS flight data through automated digital technologies.

The AirMap technology alerts the MARS user of a UAS exhibiting unusual or non-conforming flight behaviour within the controlled airspace surrounding a major airport. The system will bring air traffic controllers real-time information about UAS in the airspace, improving their situational awareness without increasing their workload.

Matt Gilligan, vice president, Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services, said: ‘When drones fly in controlled airspace, they're sharing the skies with many other types of aircraft. Air traffic controllers need real-time airspace awareness and alerts to unusual drone activity; it's a key step on the path toward safe drone integration into the national airspace system.’

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