Raytheon has signed a strategic agreement with AirMap to collaborate on future projects to safely integrate drones into the national airspace system.
The companies say the plan is to unlock the positive economic and social benefits of expanded commercial drone operations.
As part of the announcement, the companies confirmed they are planning on using their respective expertise to help build on drone integration.
Matt Gilligan, VP at Raytheon, commented: “AirMap is ushering in a new era in drone aviation, drones must safely operate in an already complex ecosystem, which is where our experience matters.”
Airmap’s co-founder and chairman, Ben Marcus, added: “Raytheon technology has helped safely and effectively manage airspace in the most complex, dense controlled airspace in the world for decades. They are an ideal partner to join AirMap on the path toward enabling safe, efficient, and scalable drone operations in U.S. low-altitude airspace between 0 and 400 feet.”
The two companies are working toward an integrated demonstration that will showcase how AirMap’s unmanned aircraft traffic management platform can increase air traffic controllers’ awareness of potential conflict between drones and manned aircraft near airports to ensure overall safety of the airspace.