Exelis Close to Releasing UAV Airspace System

Exelis is close to releasing a complete UAV Airspace monitoring and navigation system to integrate the smaller UAV platform into United States airspace (and to other parts of the world when air traffic control systems allow).

It is apparently further along than other startups as they already have exclusive rights from the FAA to track manned aircraft with 650 tracking stations.  Their product RangeVue will be at all six FAA test sites, including North Dakota.

One of the major concerns from the article is lag time to feed the aircraft and UAV data and server and bandwidth to and from the input sources.

Exelis is working with NASA who have their own prototype system to track UAVs that includes airspace configuration, weather and wind data, strategic flows of drones, sequencing, separation management between drones and contingency support.

The FAA will have to approve this system in the future after more testing and a comment period, so it will be some time before a system is operational from Exelis or competitors such as Botlink out of Fargo, ND, a local startup.

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About Chuck Schoeneberger

Former forecaster at Meridian Environmental Technologies Inc (now a Interis Company), with a background in GIS and LiDAR, with other stints at GeoSpatial Services of Winona, MN and Aerometric (Now Quantum Spatial) of Sheboygan, WI. He is a weather technologist for public storm safety from a local to international level. LinkedIn Profile: http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=25048141&trk=tab_pro His views are his own and not of his employer.
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