General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. has demonstrated a sense-and-avoid system onboard an unmanned aerial vehicle.
The goal of the flight test was to coordinate BAE Systems‘ identification transponder with General Atomics’ air-to-air radar system and Honeywell‘s traffic alert collision avoidance system in order to track targets, General Atomics said Thursday.
Frank Pace, president of GA-ASI’s aircraft systems group at GA-ASI, said the company is working with the Federal Aviation Administration, NASA, Department of Homeland Security and industry partners to integrate unmanned aircraft systems into domestic and international airspace.
General Atomics’ prototype radar system onboard the Predator B aircraft worked to detect targets during the test.
The FAA and industry will use the sensor data gathered from the flight test to develop and algorithms for building proof-of-concept tracking systems.