A Baltimore-based maker of military and civilian electronics and an Austrian technology firm have formed a joint venture to develop and commercialize technology for unmanned aerial vehicles to navigate civilian airspace.
Advanced Defense Technologies Inc. said it will supply phased array antenna technology and Aerospy will provide its sense and avoid technology for the joint venture.
Potential customers and clients of the technology include those in the military, oil and gas, municipal, meteorological, forestry, agriculture and border surveillance sectors, ADTI President and CEO R.S. Tahim said in a release.
ADTI said the goal of the project is to integrate AeroSpy’s sense and avoid prototype and autopilot with ADTI’s UAV technology for demonstrations.
The Federal Aviation Administration is aiming to integrate UAVs into civilian airspace by 2015 and is in the process of selecting six testing sites.