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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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Silicon Valley Takes a (Careful) Step Toward Autonomous Flying

Silicon Valley Takes a (Careful) Step Toward Autonomous Flying

August 28, 2018

But the new emergency service will be operated by SkyRyse, a Silicon Valley start-up that intends to augment small helicopters and other passenger aircraft with hardware and software that allow for autonomous flight, leaning on many of the same technologies that power driverless cars. These include the 360-degree cameras and radar sensors built into the nose of the aircraft.

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Echodyne Announces FCC Certification of EchoFlight Radar

Echodyne Announces FCC Certification of EchoFlight Radar

August 22, 2018

Echodyne, the manufacturer of innovative, high-performance radars for securing critical infrastructure and guiding autonomous machines, announced today that it has received FCC certification for its EchoFlight radar.

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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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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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What is the future of safe BVLOS operations?

What is the future of safe BVLOS operations?

June 5, 2018

Simulyze, Inc., based in Reston, Virginia, is paving the way for drones flying safely beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) with its Mission Insight platform. The data-focused application processes, analyzes, and manages large streams of data...

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ANRA Technologies’ Launches New “Open” Next Generation Workflow Management for Drone Flight, Traffic, Data

ANRA Technologies’ Launches New “Open” Next Generation Workflow Management for Drone Flight, Traffic, Data

June 1, 2018

ANRA Technologies, a provider of open commercial drone operations platforms and services, announced the release of version 3.0 of its DroneOSS™, a horizontal, enterprise-focused, open operations platform.

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Echodyne To Participate In US DOT’s Integration Pilot Program

Echodyne To Participate In US DOT’s Integration Pilot Program

May 19, 2018

Echodyne, the manufacturer of innovative, high-performance radars for autonomous machines, announced today that its MESA™ radars will be used as part of North Dakota Department of Transportation’s (NDDOT) Integration Pilot Program (IPP).

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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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Echodyne Wins AUVSI XCELLENCE Award

Echodyne Wins AUVSI XCELLENCE Award

May 2, 2018

“We are pleased to receive this recognition from AUVSI. It validates our belief that this technology will revolutionize the autonomous machines market,”

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Echodyne CTO to Speak on Revolutionary Machine Perception Radar for the Autonomous Age

Echodyne CTO to Speak on Revolutionary Machine Perception Radar for the Autonomous Age

April 30, 2018

Dr. Tom Driscoll to Speak on the Game-Changing Technology of MESA™ Radars. Echodyne, the manufacturer of innovative high-performance radars for autonomous machines, announces today that its co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Tom Driscoll, will speak on the company’s patented Metamaterial Electronically Scanning Array (MESA) radar technology at AUVSI’s XPonential

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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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‘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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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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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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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 Raises $29 Million Series B to Bring “Radar Vision” to Autonomous Vehicles, Drones and Machines

Echodyne Raises $29 Million Series B to Bring “Radar Vision” to Autonomous Vehicles, Drones and Machines

May 20, 2017

Echodyne Corp announced today a $29 million Series B financing led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA) with Bill Gates, Madrona Venture Group, Vulcan Capital, Lux Capital, The Kresge Foundation and others also participating in the round. Echodyne is applying the physics o

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Echodyne Announces the First Successful Airborne Detect and Avoid Radar Test on a Small Drone

Echodyne Announces the First Successful Airborne Detect and Avoid Radar Test on a Small Drone

November 8, 2016

Detect And Avoid Radar on Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Provides Avenue to Open the National Airspace System to Beyond Visual Line of Sight Drone Operations

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Echodyne unveils a palm-size radar that’s just right for drones and driverless cars

Echodyne unveils a palm-size radar that’s just right for drones and driverless cars

May 4, 2016

Radar and aircraft go together like hand and glove, but what do you do when the aircraft is a commercial drone that weighs less than a fully loaded suitcase? Bellevue-based Echodyne is taking the wraps off a radar system that’s just a step up from smartphone size but provides advanced capabilities for drones and autonomous vehicles.

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Compact Radar System Promises to Let Small Drones Cut the Leash

Compact Radar System Promises to Let Small Drones Cut the Leash

May 4, 2016

The many use cases for drones are now clear. They can help tend crops more efficiently, find people lost in the wilderness, and even carry packages. How drones can be widely used for such things safely is much less certain. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration says it won’t allow small drones to go beyon

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Echodyne Announces Development of Airborne Detect and Avoid Radar for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Echodyne Announces Development of Airborne Detect and Avoid Radar for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

May 2, 2016

“We believe MESA-DAA will be a critical technology for safely opening up the National Airspace System to small UAS for beyond visual line of sight operations,”

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Echodyne Releases Breakthrough Ultra-Low C-SWAP Electronically Scanning Radar

Echodyne Releases Breakthrough Ultra-Low C-SWAP Electronically Scanning Radar

May 2, 2016

“The C-SWAP characteristics are completely unparalleled for a true electronically scanning radar. Phased array radars...

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Echodyne Brings First Metamaterials Based Radar Antenna to Market

Echodyne Brings First Metamaterials Based Radar Antenna to Market

December 4, 2015

Echodyne Corp today announced limited availability of its first metamaterials electronically scanning array (MESA) for radar applications. Echodyne’s MESA makes high performance

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Bellevue company develops advanced radar system

Bellevue company develops advanced radar system

December 3, 2015

In a nondescript office tucked near Highway 520 in Bellevue, a couple dozen physicists and engineers think they have reached what may be the biggest breakthrough in commercial radar in a generation.

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This Unsexy Technology is Set to Revolutionize the Drone Industry

This Unsexy Technology is Set to Revolutionize the Drone Industry

May 11, 2015

Better, Smaller And Cheaper Situational Awareness Will Fuel The Next Leap Forward In The Commercial Drone Industry.

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Metamaterial Radar May Improve Car and Drone Vision

Metamaterial Radar May Improve Car and Drone Vision

April 8, 2015

Powerful radar, mostly limited to the military, could soon be cheap enough for cars and consumer drones to use. Plenty of people play with small drone aircraft in their backyards these days. Tom Driscoll, cofounder and chief technology officer of a startup called Echodyne may be the only one whose

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Bill Gates And Madrona Lead $15M Investment In Secretive High-Tech Radar Company Echodyne

Bill Gates And Madrona Lead $15M Investment In Secretive High-Tech Radar Company Echodyne

March 17, 2015

Bill Gates and Madrona Venture Group are leading a $15 million investment in a new company called Echodyne, which is developing secretive new radar technology based on artificial materials that can manipulate and control electromagnetic radiation.

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