UAVs may be able to fly in national airspace thanks to new system
To date, UAVs are not allowed to fly in national airspace unless they are tailed by a manned aircraft or watched by a trained observer who must remain a certain distance from the UAV at all times. UAVs are also not allowed to be flown at night, which severely limits the training scenarios for UAV operators in national airspace.
The GBSAA uses a 3D radar system and algorithms to determine if there is danger in an area, whether a collision is possible, and how to avoid any possible collisions.
The system was recently tested, with intruder aircraft entering the airspace UAVs were operating in. So far all tests have been successful, and the system is on schedule to deploy by March of 2014.
When the system is released it will allow the Army to train new UAV operators and keep veteran UAV operators in top-top shape. The system will also save money, allowing UAV operators to train without having an observer or chase aircraft present.
This system could also allow UAVs to be flown for other purposes in national airspace.