Echodyne Radar Selected for Unmanned Aerial System Traffic Management Pilot Program

Radar solutions expert, Echodyne, has been selected to participate in Northern Plains UAS Test Site (NPUASTS) industry partnership to test and demonstrate commercial UAS (Unmanned Aerial System) operations in the next phase of DOT/FAA UAS Pilot Program (UPP) testing. Echodyne’s MESA (Metamaterial Electronically Scanning Array) radar technology enables an Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management (UTM) system to detect and track commercial drones and manned aircraft, enabling safe operations in the national airspace.

According to company CEO, Eben Frankenberg, Northern Plains has a wealth of UAS testing experience, and Echodyne will be working to show how commercial UAS can be deployed without compromising safety. Their radar has demonstrated unrivaled efficacy and reliability in many previous UTM related tests, and they look forward to continuing that demonstration with the Northern Plains team.

The NPUASTS UPP will focus on advanced airspace, drone, and sensor technology for safe commercial UAS operations, including beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS), night operations, daisy-chained visual operations, higher altitude flights, and more. Echodyne radars will be primarily focused on BVLOS operations as well as supporting other testing plans.

According to Chris Theisen, Director of Research and Development at NPUASTS, Northern Plains has assembled a best-in-class team of companies and technologies for the next phase of DOT/FAA UPP Demonstration. Echodyne brings highly regarded radar capabilities, an unmatched reputation for in-field performance, and extensive UAS experience to the team, and NPUASTS thus looks forward to working with them on a wide battery of UPP tests that continue building the safety case for commercial UAS.

The Norther Plains UPP partners include leading UAS companies, such as Simulyze, Harris Corporation, uAvionix, and the University of North Dakota.

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