Skyler is an Active Electronically Scanned Array that surveils the airspace and atmosphere for use in aviation and weather applications. Without the need of moving parts required in most of today's aviation and weather radars, Skyler provides high-resolution data needed for aircraft separation and weather forecasters.
Skyler can scale up from a single radar to a geographically distributed network of radars working collaboratively to provide timely data over a large area. This makes it suitable for upgrading long-range radar systems with the added capability to mitigate gaps in coverage.
Skyler provides low-altitude coverage to address the "below the radar" challenge and sense weather events that go undetected today.
Skyler is here to help improve our awareness.
Skyler is changing the way we think about radar surveillance and systems.
Skyler is changing the way we think about radar surveillance and systems by designing radars as a network to solve some of today’s challenges. Skyler provides innovative data for low-altitude flights of smaller aircraft and drones, while simultaneously supporting higher altitude air traffic and high-resolution weather products for safety of people and property.
Skyler features an adaptive scanning, dual-polarization radar pencil beam that provides localized high-resolution weather data, enables small drone detection and tracking, assists in wildfire detection, and delivers elevation and geographic gap-fills. Skyler brings to life data that is nonexistent with current sensors.
Skyler can be installed as a single radar or networked together to provide long-range coverage without gaps. Building a network of software-defined, phased-array radars creates mission adaptability on the same hardware platform to serve multiple consumers simultaneously over large geographic areas.
Skyler is a surveillance platform with “apps” that support multiple missions. This is possible through the use of AESA technology, which allows Skyler to instantly steer its beam, giving applications the capability to track a storm in real-time without waiting for the radar to spin around again or optimally surveil important targets.
Teamed with small business and academia, Raytheon Technologies is committed to the realization of Skyler for airport operators, weather forecasters, first responders, air and navigation services providers, military organizations, and government agencies. This is evident through an evolutionary approach to research and development, highlighted by key demonstrations of continuous integration.
Atmospheric science students studying at Purdue University spent a week in tornado alley chasing storms with a video crew there to capture the moment.