Last Updated: 03/22/2013*

ATMS - Unmanned ImageUnmanned aircraft systems are a growing concern for air traffic control because the U.S. would like to implement these vehicles in the National Airspace System by 2015, allowing drones to fly in the same air space as commercial and private planes.

Safety remains the highest priority. Pilots and controllers need to accurately track the location of other vehicles to avoid the possibility of collisions.

Raytheon has developed an affordable solution that mitigates the expense of replacing an entire air traffic management system. The Airport Surveillance Radar Model-11 (ASR-11) and Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System (STARS) can be configured with Raytheon’s Ground Based Sense and Avoid (GBSAA) system to create a safe flying environment. Commercial, private and unmanned aircraft would be able to safely avoid each other while utilizing existing air traffic control equipment.

"Our solution provides the Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of Defense with a cost-effective and safe approach to handle the thousands of unmanned aircraft systems that will be flying in our airspace in the next few years," said Joseph Paone, director of Air Traffic Management for Raytheon's Network Centric Systems business.

"Our system properly notifies controllers and pilots of intrusions and accurately shows aircraft altitude, which is important in keeping commercial aircraft, unmanned aircraft systems and other hazards safely separated."

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