SkyTracker tracks, identifies UAS flying in restricted areas

By Patrick C. Miller | November 19, 2015

CACI International Inc. has released the SkyTracker tracking system which can detect and identify unmanned aerial systems (UAS) flying in banned or protected airspace.

Based in Arlington, Virginia, CACI said its proprietary technology uses a drone’s radio links to locate and identify a UAS, as well as its operators on the ground. According to John Mengucci, CACI’s chief operating officer and president of U.S. operations, the SkyTracker system has wide applications ranging from protecting airports to safeguarding critical infrastructure or events.

“Our system has been demonstrated to address a variety of UAS threat scenarios,” he said. In addition, Mengucci, noted that CACI recently announced a research and development agreement with the federal government.  

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) earlier this month added CACI to its Project Pathfinder program to evaluate how the company’s technology can help detect UAS near airports.

The system’s mitigation capability provides responders with precise information in a defined geographic location to initiate countermeasures. Unlike other technologies, SkyTracker doesn’t interfere with legitimate electronics or communications systems or with legally operated UAS.

CACI said SkyTracker’s modular and scalable design can be applied in different environments, enabling it to protect high-value assets in locations such as government buildings, embassies and stadiums. It can also provide wide-area defense of airports, military bases and areas under temporary flight bans such as forest fires. SkyTracker provides continuous, automated monitoring, day or night, in any weather condition.

Ken Asbury, CACI president and CEO, SkyTracker addresses the rapidly escalating threat posed by the misuse of unmanned aircraft systems.

“The development of innovative technological solutions in response to complex security threats is in our DNA,” he said. “We built SkyTracker to address one of the most complex challenges facing those responsible for protecting critical infrastructure.”


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