Raytheon Partners With AirMap to Explore Putting Drones Into National Airspace System

Jeff Brody

Raytheon and airspace intelligence platform AirMap are combining expertise and services to explore projects intended to help the drone industry integrate their products into the national airspace system.

The partnership aims to promote the economic and social benefits of commercializing unmanned aerial systems, Raytheon said Wednesday.

Raytheon and AirMap plan to demonstrate how air traffic controllers can utilize a drone aircraft traffic management platform to see potential conflict between manned and unmanned aircraft near airports.

The company will integrate its Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System, which provides aircraft spacing and sequencing guidance for more than 40,000 manned civilian and military aircraft, with AirMap's services to guide air traffic controllers and drone operators in sharing airspace.

AirMap's platform is utilized across the world by over 250,000 users to gain airspace intelligence and secure authorizations to operate UAS in controlled airspace.

Ben Marcus, co-founder and chairman of AirMap, said the partnership aims to promote safe UAS operations in low-altitude airspace between zero and 400 feet.

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