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Echodyne EchoFlight Radar Integrated Into Newly FAA-Approved BVLOS Unmanned Aircraft

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By Echodyne

May 15, 2024

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Echodyne announced its EchoFlight radar is integrated into the American Aerospace Technologies, Inc. (AATI) AiRanger aircraft, which obtained a waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) last week for commercial Beyond Visual Line-of-Sight (BVLOS) flight operations.

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Leonardo Canada Electronics has launched its innovative new C-UAS (counter-uncrewed air system) Planning and Assessment Tool, called SkyTender. Representing the latest in simulation technology from Leonardo Canada – Electronics, SkyTender addresses requirements for effective C-UAS solutions in foreign and congested radio frequency environments.

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Pen Aviation and Safran Electronics and Defense announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to initiate a strategic collaboration that will significantly contribute to the evolution of the Malaysian aviation industry, with a particular focus on the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) sector.

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During a strategic collaboration exercise, Elsight’s Halo connectivity platform was rapidly integrated with Lockheed Martin Indago 4 Uncrewed Aerial System (UAS) to complete BVLOS (beyond visual line-of-sight) flights with enhanced capabilities and expanded operational reach.

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Edge Autonomy announced a major performance enhancement to the field-proven VXE30 Stalker UAS. Through a series of subsystem upgrades, Edge Autonomy has doubled the flight endurance and payload capacity of the base VXE30 Stalker system, closing the gap between the capabilities of small UAS and large UAS.

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Airbus has finalized the acquisition of U.S.-based Aerovel and its unmanned aerial system (UAS), Flexrotor, in a move to strengthen its portfolio of tactical unmanned solutions. Flexrotor is a small tactical unmanned aerial system designed for intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR) missions at sea and over land.

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Pyka and SNC have partnered to offer Pyka’s large-scale all-electric cargo uncrewed aerial system (UAS) to customers within the U.S. Department of Defense. The dynamic partnership combines SNC’s expertise in customizing solutions for the world’s most complex challenges and Pyka’s revolutionary autonomous electric cargo aircraft, Pelican Cargo.

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The contract encompasses foreign military sales agreements with key allies such as the Republic of Korea, Japan's Ministry of Defense, and Nato

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Unifly, a key player in the Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management technology landscape, announced its collaboration with Terra Drone Corporation and Aloft Technologies Inc. in the development of a global UAS Traffic Management infrastructure that kickstarts the Advanced Air Mobility industry worldwide.

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Red Cat Holdings, Inc.  announced it has successfully passed electronic warfare testing in Ukraine with Doodle Labs. The successful test is part of a continuous innovation cycle that began in May 2023 with a partnership between Doodle Labs and Red Cat for its U.S. Army Short Range Reconnaissance program prototype.

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QinetiQ has successfully trialled the UK’s first Crewed-Uncrewed-Teaming demonstration between a crewed aircraft and an autonomous jet drone. The trial saw a QinetiQ jet aircraft take off from Ministry of Defence site Boscombe Down in Salisbury, while a modified Banshee Jet 80 drone was launched from the MOD Hebrides range, off the north-west coast of Scotland.

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Viasat, Inc., a global leader in satellite communications, announces collaboration with uAvionix, a pioneer in the development of certified avionics for crewed and uncrewed aviation. uAvionix will join Viasat’s Velaris Partner Network.

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BlueHalo announced the successful completion of a critical milestone for the U.S. Space Force (USSF) Space Rapid Capabilities Office Satellite Communication Augmentation Resource (SCAR) program by demonstrating its integrated backend mission services to USSF Guardian operators at the 2024 Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, CO.

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) confirms that its Mojave Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) destroyed static targets in live-fire tests on April 13, 2024, validating the system’s battlefield relevance and recording another milestone for the demonstrator aircraft.

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Aloft Technologies, Inc. announced a new strategic partnership with Anzu Robotics with the launch of the Raptor drone series. This collaboration underscores both companies’ commitment to pioneering secure, compliant drone operations that meet a wide array of flight needs across diverse industries, from inspection to public safety.

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) has been selected to build production representative flight test articles of the Collaborative Combat Aircraft (CCA) for the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC). This option contract award exercises the critical design, build, and flight test on the existing CCA contract with GA-ASI following an initial 6-month phase that culminated in a successful CCA preliminary design review (PDR) earlier this year.

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Asylon, Inc. announced a new approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drone operations using its American-made drone-in-a-box system. 

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Aloft Technologies, Inc., a leader in advanced drone software solutions, announced the integration of Automated Special Government Interest (SGI) Waivers into its Aloft Air Control platform. This new feature is set to revolutionize how drone operators access restricted airspaces, significantly enhancing operational efficiency and compliance with federal regulations.

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TrellisWare Technologies, Inc. announced the development of a new UAS waveform, their latest anti-jam electronic counter-countermeasure (AJ/ECCM) solution designed for Uncrewed Aerial Systems (UAS).

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INVOLI, a leading provider of cooperative air traffic surveillance solutions, announced its partnership with MatrixSpace, an expert in non-cooperative air traffic detection. This partnership marks a significant milestone in aviation safety and surveillance technology.

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Aloft Technologies, Inc., a leader in drone technology solutions, announced a groundbreaking integration with Skydio, the leading U.S. drone manufacturer and world leader in autonomous flight technology, to integrate Live UTM (Uncrewed Traffic Management) Telemetry.

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uAvionix announced its FlightLine ADS-B surveillance and situational awareness system has been selected by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as a qualified product for Air Traffic Control (ATC) use for reducing the risk of runway incursions at U.S. airports.

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National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists are always looking for ways to increase their ability to collect data and meet NOAA mission requirements, One way to enhance this ability is to fly uncrewed aircraft operations “beyond visual line of sight” (BVLOS). The FAA can grant approval to fly BVLOS, on a case by case basis, depending on the risks of the operation.

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Eve Air Mobility has named Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd. (KAI), as supplier for its electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft’s pylons. Pylons are a key component of the airframe that provide support for the aircraft’s electric power units and eight lift propellers.

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uAvionix announced that it has been awarded a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Broad Agency Announcement contract to scale C-Band frequency management for Uncrewed Aircraft Systems (UAS) Command and Control (C2) communications to a regional level with multiple UAS operating in proximity to one another.

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Echodyne, the radar platform company, is setting the stage to enhance its influence across the European defense and security sectors by participating in the Counter UAS Technology Europe 2024 at the Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square in London on April 16-17, 2024. At the conference, Leo McCloskey, Echodyne's VP of Marketing, will host a presentation on important counter-UAS (C-UAS) developments in accuracy and mobility.

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Known for results and innovation, the Northern Plains UAS Test Site marks its 10th anniversary this year. The Federal Aviation Administration-designated test site provides a crucial collaboration with the FAA and the unmanned aircraft system industry, developing systems, rules, and procedures to safely integrate UAS into the National Airspace System.

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Skyfire Consulting announced the launch of Rise DFR Village— the nation’s most advanced training ground for Drone First Responders. This one-of-a-kind facility provides public safety agencies, military/DOD, critical infrastructure, and private industry with best-in-class testing, training, and demonstration grounds to advance and adopt DFR programs.

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Vigilant Aerospace has announced as a strategic partner by DronePort Network to provide Airspace Management, Detect-and-Avoid, and Unmanned Traffic Management for future drone port projects throughout the United States. Vigilant Aerospace’s FlightHorizon solution provides the advanced situational awareness required for safe, scalable autonomous flight.

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Aethero, a Grand Forks-based startup trailblazing the integration of artificial intelligence in Uncrewed Aircraft Systems to analyze and monitor infrastructure health, has secured over $1.1 million in investment.

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