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Most self-driving companies say this tech is crucial. Elon Musk disagrees

Most self-driving companies say this tech is crucial. Elon Musk disagrees

June 18, 2019

"The more sensors you use, the better chance you have of getting it right," said Eben Frankenberg, CEO of Echodyne, a Kirkland, Washington-based company developing radar.

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The Challenge of Drone Use and Drone Security for Law Enforcement

The Challenge of Drone Use and Drone Security for Law Enforcement

June 14, 2019

Law Enforcement has a difficult dual task: using drones to more efficiently conduct operations, and protecting the public from rogue drones.

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The Surprising Key That Will Enable Drones To Change The World

The Surprising Key That Will Enable Drones To Change The World

May 23, 2019

A system that can’t tell a drone from a seagull, or an ordinary drone from a malicious one, is not operationally useful. According to Leo McCloskey from radar manufacturer Echodyne, the magic is in the radar signal processing software. Echodyne’s radar uses indicators within the signal, including object size, flight path, and the Doppler signature from the drone’s spinning blades, to distinguish drones from birds.

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Kirkland radar technology improving safety of self-driving cars, drones

Kirkland radar technology improving safety of self-driving cars, drones

May 3, 2019

Echodyne prides itself as market leaders in radar technology for security of borders and machine autonomy.

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Growing Drone Industry Spawns a Growing Antidrone Industry

Growing Drone Industry Spawns a Growing Antidrone Industry

March 27, 2019

It’s not technically difficult to detect even a small drone with suitable radar equipment. “Almost all radars can detect a drone,” says Tom Driscoll, who is chief technical officer and a cofounder of Echodyne Co., a startup based in Kirkland, Wash., that is selling a radar system specifically tailored to detect small drones. The tricky part is distinguishing them from birds, which have about the same radar cross section. And for that, “the subtleties are important,” says Driscoll.

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DHS S&T Snapshot

DHS S&T Snapshot

February 5, 2019

In addition to this testing, Echodyne’s solution is currently being used as the primary detection and cueing component on autonomous surveillance towers currently deployed in the San Diego Sector .

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Smart Cities Have New Physical Threats: The Impact of Drones on Security and Public Safety

Smart Cities Have New Physical Threats: The Impact of Drones on Security and Public Safety

October 19, 2018

Physical security and cybersecurity are different sides of the same security coin. As the cities of tomorrow emerge with more complex networks and connected and autonomous technologies of all kinds, city planners must consider physical security as an integral component of smart city security.

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Homeland Security got a thing and it’s called radar love

Homeland Security got a thing and it’s called radar love

October 5, 2018

“Cost, size, weight and power (C-SWaP) is always a concern when deciding on technology investments,” said Tim Bennett of DHS Science and Technology in a release. “Legacy radar arrays require an expensive, complex and often heavy phase shifter to direct radar beams. Echodyne developed MESA to electronically steer a radar beam with high fidelity and fast directional changes with lower C-SWaP.”

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Echodyne In Final Stages of Testing its Metamaterials Based Electronically Scanning Array Radar

Echodyne In Final Stages of Testing its Metamaterials Based Electronically Scanning Array Radar

October 1, 2018

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has awarded Bellevue-based Echodyne Corporation $200,000 to begin the final testing phase as part of its Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP).

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US Department of Commerce contracts Echodyne for drone detection

US Department of Commerce contracts Echodyne for drone detection

October 1, 2018

The U.S. Department of Commerce, NOAA/ARL/ATDD has announced the award of a USD29,950 contract with Echodyne Corp to procure a MESA Detect and Avoid Radar System to deconflict small UAS (sUAS) from other aircraft operating in the vicinity of its premises. Echodyne’s Metamaterial Electronically Scanning Array (MESA) technology realizes high-performance phased-array radar performance at breakthrough cost levels, says the company, offering imaging radar to commercial markets for the first time.

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DHS S&T Awards $200K to Bellevue Start-Up for Final Testing of Metamaterials Electronically Scanning Array Radar

DHS S&T Awards $200K to Bellevue Start-Up for Final Testing of Metamaterials Electronically Scanning Array Radar

September 26, 2018

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) today awarded Echodyne Corporation of Bellevue, Washington $200,000 to begin the final testing phase as part of S&T’s Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP).

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Drone Radar Gets FCC Thumbs Up

Drone Radar Gets FCC Thumbs Up

September 12, 2018

The approval was a long, drawn-out process — it took more than a year — for one very big reason: the radar was the first of its kind. The FCC had virtually nothing to compare it to.

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Echodyne Brings High Performance Radar to Commercial Market

Echodyne Brings High Performance Radar to Commercial Market

August 10, 2018

Jetsonian. It’s not a real word, but when you hear it used by Eben Frankenberg to describe the coming age of autonomous machines you’ll completely understand what he’s talking about. Frankenberg is CEO of Bellevue-based Echodyne Corporation. They make radar.

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Echodyne adds small, affordable radar to counter-UAS technology

Echodyne adds small, affordable radar to counter-UAS technology

July 19, 2018

Fresh off its Game of Drones win as part of Dedrone’s counter-UAS team, Washington-based Echodyne played an instrumental role in the competition by using its miniaturized version of the phased-array radar technology employed by the military.

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Industry Team Takes First Place in ThunderDrone Competition

Industry Team Takes First Place in ThunderDrone Competition

June 30, 2018

A team of four companies recently achieved victory in a contest organized by Special Operations Command to explore ways to counter enemy unmanned aerial systems. Adversaries such as ISIS have been employing the technology extensively on the battlefield, raising alarm bells among Pentagon officials. For the past six months, SOCOM and

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“Game of Drones” Winners Showcase the Importance of Anti-Drone Technology Evaluation Events

“Game of Drones” Winners Showcase the Importance of Anti-Drone Technology Evaluation Events

June 30, 2018

The “Game of Drones” outdoor demonstration that took place during the AFWERX Fusion event was notable for several reasons. The ThunderDrone outdoor demonstration that took place at Nellis Air Force Base not only provided a

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Island University’s LSUASC Tests New UAS Sense and Avoid Technology

Island University’s LSUASC Tests New UAS Sense and Avoid Technology

June 8, 2018

The Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence and Innovation (LSUASC) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi continues its work with NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration in developing regulations for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) flight at low-altitude.

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New Phase Of UTM Testing Is Underway

New Phase Of UTM Testing Is Underway

May 15, 2018

Here at DRONELIFE we’ve had a major advantage in making sense of NASA’s unmanned traffic management (UTM) testing and what it means for drone operators everywhere: we’ve got Amit Ganjoo

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10 Best Tech Startups in Bellevue

10 Best Tech Startups in Bellevue

April 24, 2018

The Tech Tribune staff has compiled the very best tech startups in Bellevue, Washington. In doing our research, we considered several factors including but not limited to:

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Research groups field-test the future of transportation, on the ground and in the air

Research groups field-test the future of transportation, on the ground and in the air

April 24, 2018

Many experts point to drone-mounted radar as an important piece of the puzzle for detect-and-avoid. A small drone circled above the Virginia Smart Road, flying over a high-tech vehicle driving southeast along the asphalt.

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Washington will be a world leader for self-driving cars and electric ferries, governor predicts

Washington will be a world leader for self-driving cars and electric ferries, governor predicts

March 30, 2018

The future of transportation will be in Seattle. That’s a proclamation Washington Gov. Jay Inslee made at an event Wednesday evening celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Alliance of Angels investment group.

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‘Invisibility cloak’ metamaterials make their way into products

‘Invisibility cloak’ metamaterials make their way into products

March 30, 2018

Wave-bending materials revamp satellite antennas and drones — as a start. Metamaterials first captured the public imagination in 2006, when John Pendry of Imperial College published two papers showing how to create a Harry Potter-style

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Seattle Business Magazine Honors Echodyne

Seattle Business Magazine Honors Echodyne

September 28, 2017

Echodyne Wins Silver At The Annual Tech Impact Awards The company was joined by 17 other honorees who were celebrated for their achievements in Washington’s tech sector during the Tech Impact Awards ceremony September 26 at MoPOP in Seattle.

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Drone Demos at Texas Airport to Support NASA UAS Traffic Management

Drone Demos at Texas Airport to Support NASA UAS Traffic Management

August 18, 2017

LSUASC will send a UAS carrying Echodyne detect-and-avoid radar to the site of the capsized boat to provide a live feed of the incident. The radar will be equipped to the RMRC

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Texas A&M UAS Center Tests New UAS Technology to Improve Sky Safety

Texas A&M UAS Center Tests New UAS Technology to Improve Sky Safety

August 18, 2017

Responding to the increase in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) taking to the skies, the Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence and Innovation at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (LSUASC), NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and test sites around the nation come together May 15 through June 9 to conduct a series of test flights which will provide valuable insight into how UAS work and operate in low-altitude airspace.

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No driver? No problem: Self-driving cars could soon be tested on Washington roads

No driver? No problem: Self-driving cars could soon be tested on Washington roads

June 12, 2017

Surrounded by executives from General Motors, Google and Uber, Gov. Jay Inslee signed an executive order that will allow driverless cars to test-drive on Washington roads, with or without a human behind the wheel.

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Echodyne homes in on $29 million to give drones and self-driving cars ‘radar vision’

Echodyne homes in on $29 million to give drones and self-driving cars ‘radar vision’

May 23, 2017

Autonomous vehicles all need sensors that can help them detect and avoid objects in their environment. And to operate at high speeds, these sophisticated machines need to identify objects ahead precisely, and early enough, that they can avoid crashing into them. Existing systems have included light ranging and detection systems and cameras, primarily.

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Echodyne gets $29M from NEA, Bill Gates and others to boost radar suited for drones and cars

Echodyne gets $29M from NEA, Bill Gates and others to boost radar suited for drones and cars

May 23, 2017

Microsoft co-founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen are among the investors putting another $29 million into Echodyne, the Intellectual Ventures spin-out that’s developing low-cost, miniaturized radar systems for drones and self-driving cars.

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This Drone Company’s Tech is so Promising, Bill Gates Invested Millions in it - Twice

This Drone Company’s Tech is so Promising, Bill Gates Invested Millions in it - Twice

May 23, 2017

On Monday, Seattle-area radar startup Echodyne is expected to announce a $29 million investment, led by NEA, with participation from other investors including Bill Gates and his Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's Vulcan Capital.

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Echodyne’s pocket-sized radar may be the next must-have tech for drones (and drone hunters)

Echodyne’s pocket-sized radar may be the next must-have tech for drones (and drone hunters)

May 20, 2017

Just because we live in an age of many sensors doesn’t mean we always have the right one for the job. One in particular we’ve been lacking is a radar system that can detect obstacles and aircraft hundreds of meters out, yet fit comfortably on a small drone. The laws of physics, it seemed, prevented it — but Echodyne made it work anyway. And it’s ready to put out its first product.

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Echodyne radar helps drones ‘see,’ avoid other objects

Echodyne radar helps drones ‘see,’ avoid other objects

November 9, 2016

Echodyne, a radar-technology startup backed by investments from Bill Gates and Paul Allen, says it has successfully tested its detect-and-avoid radar mounted on a small commercial drone.

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Echodyne Demonstrates Detect and Avoid Radar on a Small Drone

Echodyne Demonstrates Detect and Avoid Radar on a Small Drone

November 9, 2016

Echodyne, the metamaterials startup company backed by the likes of Bill Gates and Paul Allen, announced a successful test of its detect-and-avoid radar system for small drones.

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Echodyne's radar tests could boost Amazon's plans for drone delivery

Echodyne's radar tests could boost Amazon's plans for drone delivery

November 9, 2016

Bellevue-based Echodyne Corp. today announced it has successfully tested drones equipped with radar to detect and avoid objects in flight.

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Echodyne’s drone-sized radar detection system passes its first flight test

Echodyne’s drone-sized radar detection system passes its first flight test

November 9, 2016

A radar-equipped drone is blazing a trail for the day when flying robots fill the skies – and deliver your packages. The drone took to the air last month in Texas for a series of tests aimed at finding out how well Bellevue-based Echodyne’s miniaturized detect-and-avoid radar could spot obstacles and other aircraft. The results confirmed that Echodyne is on the right track.

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Small Drone Sees the World with a Military-Style Radar

Small Drone Sees the World with a Military-Style Radar

November 9, 2016

Drones are usually blind—even those carrying cameras rely on a human to navigate safely and spot obstacles. But the octocopter in the video below used a prototype of a new compact, military-style radar system to detect its surroundings and track other aircraft.

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This new radar system could help make flying cars and delivery drones a reality

This new radar system could help make flying cars and delivery drones a reality

November 9, 2016

Tech titans like Uber, Amazon, and Google have all laid out ambitious plans for filling the skies with autonomous aircraft. Uber wants to move people around with flying taxis, and

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Echodyne’s radar helps drones avoid smashing into each other

Echodyne’s radar helps drones avoid smashing into each other

November 9, 2016

The skies of the future are going to be crowded with drones, and a startup called Echodyne is anticipating that day with a new radar that helps drones detect and avoid each other.

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Metamaterial Radar Is Exactly What Delivery Drones Need

Metamaterial Radar Is Exactly What Delivery Drones Need

November 9, 2016

As we’ve pointed out over the last few years, there are some issues with the idea of urban or suburban delivery drones. Besides the fact that they’re illegal right now, the biggest technological problem is that none of the delivery drones that we’ve seen so far seem to have a

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Bellevue company creates new drone avoidance technology

Bellevue company creates new drone avoidance technology

November 9, 2016

New technology being developed in the Seattle area could revolutionize the way drones and self-driving cars avoid collisions. The Bellevue company behind the radar advancements gave reporter Jeff Dubois the first look at how it works.

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This Bill Gates-backed startup says it just knocked down one of the last things stopping drones from taking over the world

This Bill Gates-backed startup says it just knocked down one of the last things stopping drones from taking over the world

November 9, 2016

Echodyne, a radar array startup with investors including Bill Gates, his Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen's Vulcan Capital, and Seattle's own Madrona Ventures, just made what the company considers a landmark announcement for the future of self-driving vehicles.

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