US: Exelis has launched its first airspace situational awareness tool designed specifically for unmanned aerial system (UAS) operations in the US. Symphony® RangeVue™ puts real-time Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) surveillance data, flexible background maps and weather information in the hands of UAS operators and test range personnel. The system supposedly provides significant improvements to the safety and efficiency of UAS operations, whether on the test range or in the field.
According to a spokesperson from the company, Symphony RangeVue enables UAS operators and test range personnel to have access to both real-time and historical surveillance information via a Web-hosted platform, helping to manage mission operations from multiple locations with full visibility of assets. Symphony RangeVue can be used as a command center decision-support and post-event analysis tool, or in the field as a sense-and-avoid addition to UAS ground control stations. Flexible geo-fencing tools are believed to alert operators when a UAS approaches airspace boundaries or when other aircraft are in the vicinity.