EchodyneÂ will provide its radar platformÂ to two organizations for aÂ demonstration ofÂ unmanned aircraft system missions and related technologies in urban areas as part of NASA'sÂ UAS Traffic Management initiative.
Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence and Innovation at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems Unmanned Aviation Safety selected Echodyne-builtÂ radars for inclusion in the program's Technology Capability Level 4 flight tests,Â the companyÂ said Tuesday.
NASA andÂ the Federal Aviation AdministrationÂ seek to help industry understand the potential risks of urban drone operationsÂ through theÂ UTM program. The space agency said data from theÂ demonstrations can helpÂ informÂ traffic management procedures and safety policies forÂ flying dronesÂ over populated locations.
â€œWe are proud to have worked with the NASA UTM team and FAA test sites for the past several years and are pleased our radar performance brings us back for increasingly more challenging mission parameters,â€ said Eben Frankenberg, CEO of Echodyne.Â
The company'sÂ offerings includeÂ the ground-basedÂ EchoGuard sensorÂ andÂ EchoFlightÂ airborne sensor.