Compact drone-based sense and avoid radar “receives FCC certification”

Echodyne has announced it has received Federal Communications Commission (FCC) certification for its EchoFlight radar, an airborne detect and avoid radar designed for integration into a wide-variety of UAS platforms.

“For organizations seeking authorization to operate beyond visual line of sight or autonomously, EchoFlight radar is a significant step forward for UAS mission safety,” says a company statement.

According to Eben Frankenberg, CEO of Echodyne. “Our compact, solid-state, lightweight yet powerful radar offers the ability to scan large volumes of airspace and track other aircraft with sufficient range to maintain safety.”

Gartner estimates nearly 3 million drones were purchased by consumers and enterprises just last year. We continue to work with NASA and FAA to demonstrate how our airborne radar enables UAS to operate safely among planes, helicopters, and other drones. We believe our EchoFlight radar is one of the key technologies that will enable commercial UAS to conduct missions safely,” adds Frankenberg.

Features of EchoFlight’s high performance radar include:

  • Precision beam-steering radar that minimizes collision risk by tracking aircraft locations at all times across a broad field-of-view, even in dense airspace or over cluttered environments;
  • Search while track radar that scans just like a phased array but at commercial pricing;
  • Compact design with low weight and low power for integration into a wide-variety of UAS platforms; and,
  • Long-range, all-weather detection and tracking for Beyond Visual Line Of Sight (BVLOS) missions.
Size 7.38in x 4.75in x 1.57in (18.7cm x 12.1cm x 4cm)
Weight 730g (forced air cooling)
817g (convection cooling)
Power DC +12V to +28V
Operating <40W
Hot standby <15W
Field of View 120° Azimuth x 80° Elevation


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