Active radars provide real-time airspace situational awareness

Echodyne, the manufacturer of innovative, high-performance radars for government and commercial markets, has announced that its radars were key active sensors deployed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for its Aerial Dragnet program in San Diego during the week of October 21, 2019, the company said.

In conjunction with the Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington (APL-UW), Echodyne´s EchoGuard and EchoFlight radars provided comprehensive surveillance of drone activity in San Diego´s urban airspace.

The DARPA testing involved radar sensors on two large tethered aerostat balloons flying at up to 400 feet above ground level (AGL) over San Diego and National City, as well as fixed building-top and tower mounted locations providing large-area coverage.

The sensors were tuned to detect and track small drones and distinguish them from background objects such as buildings, vehicles, and birds. The testing assessed how well the system could detect, track and identify over 150 sorties of drones including various commercial off-the-shelf models, similar to those available at electronics stores or online retailers, which simulated unauthorized / unidentified drones flying in the city.

Echodyne introduces the world´s first compact, software-defined, solid-state, true electronically scanned array (ESA) radar sensor. Ideally suited for machine perception in an autonomous age, Echodyne offers high-performance commercially priced radars to governments, industries, and integrators engineering solutions for border security, critical infrastructure protection, first responders, unmanned aircraft systems, and autonomous vehicles. For more information, visit: Echodyne.com