Lone Star UAS Center Uses Situational-Awareness Tool in Flight


The Lone Star Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center of Excellence and Innovation (LSUASC) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi says it is the first Federal Aviation Administration UAS test site operator to use Harris Corp.'s Symphony RangeVue, a new situational-awareness tool, during recent in-flight operations.

According to Harris Corp., headquartered in Melbourne, Fla., Symphony RangeVue is the first airspace situational-awareness tool designed specifically for UAS test range operations. This new sense-and-avoid tool allows UAS operators to have situational awareness comparable to that of general aviation pilots.

On June 1-5, LSUASC deployed RangeVue at its mission control center in Corpus Christi and at the center's Laguna Test Range in Port Mansfield, Texas. Operations were managed via the Internet across multiple locations with both real-time and historical aircraft surveillance data, according to LSUASC.

‘The partnership with LSUASC is a win-win arrangement. Harris gains critical product feedback, which will be used to shape and validate our service offerings, while LSUASC receives air traffic control-quality surveillance data – increasing safety and enabling beyond-line-of-site operations,’ says Ed Sayadian, vice president of civil and aerospace solutions for Harris Corp.

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