Raytheon, AirMap team for UAS in the national airspace
Raytheon signed an agreement with AirMap on 19 June to collaborate on future projects regarding UAS being integrated into the national airspace system. The companies hope that the agreement will demonstrate the positive economic and social benefits of commercial drone operations on a greater scale.
‘AirMap is ushering in a new era in drone aviation,’ said Matt Gilligan, vice president of Raytheon's Intelligence, Information and Services business. ‘Drones must safely operate in an already complex ecosystem, which is where our experience matters.’
The agreement will bring together the expertise of both companies. Raytheon will provide its Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System (STARS), which is used by air traffic controllers throughout the US to provide aircraft spacing and sequencing guidance for civilian and military airports. Meanwhile, AirMap will provide airspace intelligence, having proven its track record in the field with over 250,000 users.
Both companies are working on an integrated demonstration that will show how AirMap’s unmanned aircraft traffic management system can increase the awareness of air traffic controllers regarding potential conflict between drones and manned aircraft near airports.
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