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General Atomics-Built Avionics Tech Installed on NASA UAS; Linden Blue Comments

General Atomics-Built Avionics Tech Installed on NASA UAS; Linden Blue Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event

General Atomics-Built Avionics Tech Installed on NASA UAS; Linden Blue Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event

A NASA-owned unmanned aircraft system that flew Tuesday was equipped with a detect-and-avoid avionics system from General Atomics‘ aeronautical systems business.

General Atomics said Tuesday Ikhana, a modified version of the Predator B/MQ-9 UAS platform, used the DAA system that features a collision avoidance technology built to help pilots “see and avoid” other airspace users.

NASA’s Ikhana took off Tuesday from southern California as part of a flight test.

Linden Blue, CEO of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., said the flight reflected GA-ASI’s  collaboration with NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center, the Federal Aviation Administration and Honeywell to produce a standard for UAS operation in national airspace.

The DAA system is equipped with an airborne radar, Honeywell-made Traffic Collision Avoidance System II and tracking equipment, Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast In/Out and a Conflict Prediction and Display System.

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Written by Nichols Martin

a staff writer at Executive Mosaic, produces articles on the federal government's technology and business interests. The coverage of these articles include government contracting, cybersecurity, information technology, health care and national security.

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