Raytheon, AirMap team for UAS in the national airspace – UV – Unmanned Vehicles
Raytheon signed an
agreement with AirMap on 19 June to collaborate on future projects regarding UAS being integrated into the national airspace system. The companies hope that the agreement will demonstrate the positive economic and
social benefits of commercial drone operations on a greater scale.
‘AirMap is ushering in a new era in drone aviation,’
said Matt Gilligan, vice president of Raytheon’s
Intelligence, Information and Services business. ‘Drones must safely operate in
an already complex ecosystem, which is where our experience matters.’
The agreement will bring together the expertise of
both companies. Raytheon will provide its Standard Terminal Automation
Replacement System (STARS), which is used by air traffic controllers throughout
the US to provide aircraft spacing and sequencing guidance for civilian and
military airports. Meanwhile, AirMap will provide airspace intelligence, having
proven its track record in the field with over 250,000 users.
Both companies are working on an integrated
demonstration that will show how AirMap’s unmanned aircraft traffic management system
can increase the awareness of air traffic controllers regarding potential
conflict between drones and manned aircraft near airports.