EchoGuard radar is key safety sensor for FAA UPP test site

Echodyne, the manufacturer of innovative, high-performance radars for government and commercial markets, has announced that its EchoGuard radar played a key airspace safety role in the successful completion of the FAA UTM Pilot Program by the Northern Plains UAS Test Site (NPUASTS), the company said.

The FAA continues to work with NASA, the UAS test sites, and commercial companies to operationalize the UAS Traffic Management concept and integrate UAS into the National Airspace System (NAS) safely and effectively.

For the program, Echodyne´s ground-based radars were integrated into Simulyze´s situational awareness platform for comprehensive airspace management. The radars supported beyond visual line of site (BVLOS) operations in the Grand Forks urban area and the rural environment of Thompson for challenging UAS use cases such as traffic monitoring, emergency response, and agricultural operations. For several of the scenarios, clearing the airspace of traffic involved both UTM messaging and verification through Echodyne´s ground-based radars.

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, autonomous vehicles, unmanned aircraft systems, and first responders. Privately held, the company is based in Kirkland, Washington. For more information, visit: