Raytheon Co. has developed a patented radar technology, which the company said enables military and civil air traffic controllers to avoid airborne hazards around unmanned aircraft systems.
The technology will support the U.S. Air Force‘s ground-based sense-and-avoid initiatives and provide UAS operators and controllers with more information to avoid costly collisions and accidents.
The Air Force intiatives are meant to repurpose existing National Airspace System-certified radars. Raytheon’s technology addresses issues with missing altitude resolution information.
“Traditional air traffic control radars have only been able to see in two dimensions since the 1950s,” said Mike Prout, vice president for Raytheon’s network-centric security and transportation systems. “Our comprehensive technology provides one more dimension that gives UAS operators and controllers what they need to get the mission done.”