AirMap and Raytheon have partnered to integrate AirMap’s unmanned aerial systems montoring capabilities into a prototype of Raytheon’s air traffic controller workstation.
AirMap, a leading airspace intelligence platform for drones, and Raytheon Company unveiled a virtual demonstration of the integration this past weekend at the Air Traffic Control Association’s 2019 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.
The UAS monitor has been integrated into Raytheon’s next-generation workstation known as Multi-platform ATC Re-hosting Solution, or MARS.
The MARS display now offers air traffic controllers real time remote identification, airspace authorization and dynamic geofencing, improving the safety of drone integration.
Raytheon intelligence, information and services vice president, Matt Gilligan, said: “When drones fly in controlled airspace, they’re sharing the skies with many other types of aircraft.
“Air traffic controllers need real-time airspace awareness and alerts to unusual drone activity; it’s a key step on the path toward safe drone integration into the national airspace system.”
The virtual demonstration showed the AirMap system alerting air traffic controllers of a drone entering controlled airspace and exhibiting unusual behaviour.
On the partnership, AirMap chairman and co-founder, Ben Marcus, said: “Air traffic controllers, as well as UAS operators and manned aircraft pilots, need situational awareness.
“With Raytheon, we’re working to optimize how controllers can be armed with information about UAS without burdensome increases in workload.”