Raytheon’s GBDAA system to support UAS pilots
Raytheon’s Ground-Based Detect and Avoid (GBDAA) system has been deployed at Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport, Ohio, to help pilots fly UAS beyond visual line-of-sight flight profiles, the company announced on 30 April.
The GBDAA system will be used to test the safety and efficiency of small UAS operations in the 200 square mile UAS test range. The system will eliminate the need for chase planes and ground observers at the new FAA-approved Ohio UAS test site.
Contracted by the US Air Force through the Department of Transportation's VOLPE centre, GBDAA is a key component of SkyVision. According to the company, SkyVision is the only mobile beyond visual line-of-sight system certified by FAA to provide UAS operators with real-time aircraft display data to meet sense and avoid requirements.
SkyVision operators inside the mobile unit will give UAS pilots situational awareness and proximity alerts by syncing their display with the UAS pilot's display, allowing for safe passage through the airspace by showing airborne tracks from multiple sensors.
GBDAA is based on Raytheon's Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System. GBDAA comes in numerous configurations. The US military uses a fixed version to manage larger unmanned systems such as the Predator, Reaper and Global Hawk.
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