Raytheon Intelligence & Space to conduct flight and airspace simulations at Virginia Tech FAA-designated UAS test site

RI&S’ Skyler® radar to deliver high-resolution data to help advance Unmanned Aircraft Systems traffic management

MARLBOROUGH, Mass., (Oct. 26, 2021) – Raytheon Intelligence & Space, a Raytheon Technologies business, received an award to advance Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLoS) operations in the National Airspace System supporting unmanned aircraft systems integration into the NAS through strategic partnerships with academia and industry.

Under the contract, RI&S will establish a ground-based Supplemental Data Service Provider test program comprising of local radar services using the Skyler® Active Electronically Scanned Array radar, UAS weather product services, and UAS service suppliers. Test range operations for the program will be provided by partnering with Virginia Tech, SkyGrid, ANRA Technologies and Tomorrow.io.

“Safely integrating unmanned aircraft into our national airspace is a key priority for the United States, and we look forward to this opportunity to help our nation advance this effort,” said Denis Donohue, vice president, Communications and Airspace Management Systems, RI&S. “We’re bringing together a team to demonstrate BVLoS operations that are repeatable, scalable and economically viable for a variety of uses, such as infrastructure inspection, public operations and cargo delivery.”

Skyler is RI&S’ scalable, software-defined ground-based AESA radar platform that addresses UAS Traffic Management and weather surveillance challenges. A Skyler network can surveil the low-altitude airspace and provide a complete operating picture for multiple missions simultaneously, including those required for safe and efficient Urban Air Mobility and Advanced Airspace Mobility. As such, Skyler is designed to meet or exceed RTCA DO-381, the industry recognized Minimum Operating Performance Standard for Ground-Based Surveillance Systems.

“Holistic awareness of the low-altitude airspace through UTM and other services is absolutely crucial for scaling BVLoS operations and safely expanding UAS integration," said Tombo Jones, director of the Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Partnership, the FAA-designated test site that will be partnering with Raytheon Intelligence & Space on the project. "It’s a complex research problem, and this award from the FAA brings together the talented team that can take it on. We’re excited to be involved.” 

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Raytheon Intelligence & Space delivers the disruptive technologies our customers need to succeed in any domain, against any challenge. A developer of advanced sensors, cyber services and software solutions, Raytheon Intelligence & Space provides a decisive advantage to civil, military and commercial customers in more than 46 countries around the world. Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, the business generated $15 billion in adjusted pro forma annual revenue in 2020 and has 37,000 employees worldwide. Raytheon Intelligence & Space is one of four businesses that form Raytheon Technologies Corporation.