The Defense Department and Federal Aviation Administration are working with partners to push forward technology such as the Ground-Based Sense-and-Avoid radar to help manage the airspace for unmanned aircraft systems, Defense Systems reported Dec. 23.
David Walsh writes that Viva Kelley, product director at the U.S. Army‘s Unmanned Systems Airspace Integration Concepts, has pointed to the recent GBSAA deployment at Fort Hood, where it is currently being tested with the Gray Eagle UAS.
Kelley told the publication in an email that the Army plans to test GBSAA at four other sites and go fully operational at Fort Hood in 2015 as the service works with other military branches to establish interoperable, open and scalable systems.
“The Army’s GBSAA system is designed and developed as a safety-critical system and is an improvement on safety and operational capability,” she said.
The system features a 3D radar and fusion tracker, object classification, data management, display and health and integrity monitoring functions, Kelley added.
She noted that the Army, DoD, FAA and airport authorities coordinate on technology, operating practices, system requirements and other core competencies to ensure that GBSAA delivers on the aircraft-separation concept.