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NASA to Demo Detect-and-Avoid Systems Onboard General Atomics’ Ikhana

General AtomicsTYSONS CORNER, VA, April 21, 2016 — NASA will help the Federal Aviation Administration develop provisions on the integration of unmanned aircraft systems using a demonstration of detect-and-avoid platforms onboard a General Atomics-built Ikhana, ExecutiveBiz reported Tuesday.

The space agency said Friday the team plans a fourth series of flight tests using Ikhana with other drones to demonstrate the DAA system’s functions during UAS encounters.

“This flight test plan coordinates the DAA systems, intruder aircraft equipment and speeds, design of encounter geometries, and the number of intruder aircraft needed to conduct the encounter in order to meet NASA’s and the community’s requirements, ” said Heather Maliska, UAS-NAS deputy project manager at the Armstrong Flight Research Center.

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