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Echodyne’s EchoFlight Radar Receives Commodity Jurisdiction Determination

Echodyne’s EchoFlight Radar Receives Commodity Jurisdiction Determination

January 30, 2019

Echodyne’s EchoFlight Radar Receives Commodity Jurisdiction Determination

Groundbreaking Radar Will Promote Growth and Safety for the Commercial UAS Industry Globally

KIRKLAND, WA – January 29, 2019 - Echodyne, the manufacturer of innovative, high-performance radars for government and commercial markets, announced today that it has received a commodity jurisdiction (CJ) determination from the US State Department for its EchoFlight radar. The CJ determination classifies the EchoFlight radar as a commercial product exportable under the U.S. Export Administration Regulations (EAR) rather than the more restrictive International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) that apply to military items. This will enable the company to offer its groundbreaking air-to-air radar to US companies that employ non-US nationals and to non-US companies, promoting growth and safety of the commercial UAS market globally.

The key to unlocking the potential of the commercial UAS industry is the ability for UAS to fly beyond visual line of sight and, eventually, autonomously. But to safely fly beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS), commercial UAS must be able to detect and avoid other aircraft and obstacles. For manned aircraft, the pilot performs this function. For unmanned aircraft, there needs to be a technological solution supported by an appropriate regulatory framework. EchoFlight radar offers the technology solution.

EchoFlight radar is an airborne detect and avoid radar designed for integration into a wide-variety of commercial UAS platforms and provides unprecedented combination of cost, size, weight, power, range, and accuracy. It is a key component to enable commercial UAS to complete missions safely.

 “This approval is of tremendous importance to Echodyne, since we have many inquiries from around the world about our radar capabilities,” said Eben Frankenberg, CEO of Echodyne.

As a result of this news, the EchoFlight radar is now available under more business-friendly EAR regulations. To learn more about EchoFlight, contact info@echodyne.com or visit www.echodyne.com

About Echodyne
Echodyne’s innovative high-performance software-defined radar sensors are built on patented MESA technology and provide high-resolution 3-D situational awareness data for autonomous vehicles, unmanned aircraft systems, critical infrastructure security, and smart cities. A unique blend of agile hardware and intelligent software provides unprecedented perception, safety, and reliability for machines in the autonomous age. Privately held, the company is based in Kirkland, Washington, and is backed by Bill Gates, NEA, Madrona Venture Group, Vulcan Capital, and Lux Capital among others.


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