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NUAIR team adds five UTM service suppliers

03 May 2019
The SRC Gryphon phased-array radar detects small UAS over a range of 10 km.

The site for unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) at Griffiss International Airport, New York, which is managed by the Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance (NUAIR Alliance), announced the integration of five UAS service suppliers in late April.

The companies – AirMap, ANRA Technologies, AGI/OneSky, Thales, and Unifly – will test live flight tracking, real-time situational awareness, flight data exchange mechanisms, analytics, and UAS traffic management (UTM). The aim is to collect mission data and test cross-communication between platforms with a range of operators, according to Anthony Basile, chief operations officer at NUAIR.

Under the U-Safe project, which was launched in 2015 with funding of USD250 million, NUAIR is testing and validating low-altitude small UAS integration into manned airspace. The project covers a 50-mile (80-km) corridor between Griffiss and central New York.

Phase II of U-Safe began in 2018 with the aim of reaching initial operating capability (IOC) status for a UTM system capable of supporting beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS) flight operations. The test corridor incorporates co-operative and non-cooperative surveillance technology, including new phased-array radar products from Raytheon and SRC.

Three mobile Gryphon Skylight phased-array radar systems from SRC operate in the test corridor with six more due for delivery by the end of the year. Mounted on a ruggedised van, the mobile system includes the Gryphon R1400 3D active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar that is designed to detect small UASs at up to 10 km range; the Gryphon S1200 spectrum sensor, which monitors signals over a 5 km radius in frequency bands used by commercial unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and optical systems. Director of Gryphon Sensors Business Unit Craig Marcinkowski told Jane’s that Griffiss is one of several test sites for the company’s UAS management and security equipment.

In November 2018 Airways New Zealand selected the Gryphon S1200 spectrum sensor to support a pilot programme to monitor UAV activity on a 24-hour basis near Auckland Airport.

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