Honeywell drone mounted radarHoneywell Drone Mounted Radar Helps Drones Dodge Obstacles Mid-Air

by DRONELIFE Staff Writer Ian M. Crosby

Honeywell’s IntuVue RDR-84K radar system, a part of Honeywell’s Beyond-Visual-Line-of-Sight suite of technologies, has successfully piloted a drone in a high-stakes game of dodgeball, continually avoiding intruder aircraft in a series of tests that are crucial to the future of autonomous aviation. These tests showcased the ability of the radar to not only detect airborne traffic but also decide autonomously on a course of action by taking over navigation and piloting the aircraft to safety using its onboard processor.

“We set up the ultimate game of ‘chicken,’ but the RDR-84K simply wouldn’t let these aircraft get into danger,” said Sapan Shah, product manager, Advanced Air Mobility, Honeywell Aerospace. “This is a leap forward in safety that could have far-ranging impacts across aviation.”

Avoiding unforeseen objects is an essential…