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Raytheon to support UAS airspace test corridor

8th May 2018 - 09:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


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Raytheon has been selected as a partner by Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research (NUAIR) in the development of a UAS-testing airspace corridor in New York state, the company announced on 3 May.

The new corridor will extend 50 miles (80km) west from Griffiss International Airport, which is one of only seven FAA-approved UAS test sites in the US. It will allow companies to test both UAS and air traffic management technologies in real-world settings, generating valuable data that will inform industry and regulators and ultimately advance the commercial use of UAS.

Raytheon's intelligence, information and services business will help plan, design, build and support the next-generation air traffic management system to safely test and manage UAS, with technology such as its low-power radar (LPR).

Raytheon's LPR is a small, one-metre square Active Electronically Scanned Array, software-defined radar unit. When numerous LPRs are networked together, the radar units can cover and control the low-altitude flights of smaller aircraft.

A distributed, low-level LPR network could be created and mounted atop current cell phone towers or tall buildings. The network would support landings, aviation surveillance, small UAS detection and tracking, among other things.

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