US, March 12, 2015: Exelis has been working on launching low-altitude surveillance system for drones to aid the authorities is safeguarding the airspace. NASA is working with Exelis and other companies, universities and government agencies, to develop an air traffic management system that could persuade the FAA to allow flights beyond the line of sight, provided the operator is using such a tracking system.
The report pointed out that Exelis' products, called Symphony UAS-Vue and RangeVue, are significant because Exelis has the exclusive right to use a data feed it already supplies the FAA to track manned aircraft, using 650 ground stations. These stations will augment the feed with lower-altitude data that pinpoint drone locations.
Exelis plans to announce the products this month. Although, Exelis sees potential markets overseas, its current focused is on the US market, where it can leverage its ground stations and FAA feed. It also wants to be part of whatever overall system the FAA adopts after NASA finishes work on the prototype in three to five years.