General Atomics‘ aeronautical systems business has completed the proof-of-concept testÂ phaseÂ forÂ itsÂ sense and avoid system aboardÂ aÂ remotely piloted aircraft.
General Atomics Aeronautical SystemsÂ collaborated withÂ the Federal Aviation Administration and Honeywell to test the Predator BÂ collision avoidance system for unmanned aircraft in September atÂ GA-ASIâ€™s facility in Palmdale, California,Â General Atomics said Friday.
â€œOur proof-of-concept SAA system is now functional and ready for extensive flight testing with the FAA, NASA, and our industry partners,”Â said Frank Pace, president of aircraft systems at GA-ASI.
â€œOur latest sense and avoid test represents a major step forward for integrating RPA safely into domestic and international airspace,â€ addedÂ Pace.
The company also completed theÂ flight tests of theÂ Due Regard RadarÂ air-to-air radar for SAA.
GA-ASIâ€™s SAA systemÂ incorporatesÂ automatic collision avoidance and a sensor fusion systemÂ for the groundÂ pilot to visualizeÂ traffic around the aircraft.
General AtomicsÂ is alsoÂ working with NASA to integrate the SAA system intoÂ NASAâ€™s Ikhana Predator BÂ system.