PrecisionHawk’s LATAS Aims to Help Safely Introduce UAVs into the National Airspace

The Low Altitude Tracking and Avoidance System, or LATAS, could be the solution needed to safely integrate drones into the national airspace.

PrecisionHawk recently announced the development of this automated air traffic control system for UAVs at the 2015 Academy of Model Aeronautics Expo, according to a news release. Using real-time flight data transmission based on world-wide cellular networks, LATAS reportedly has the ability to provide flight tracking, planning and avoidance for every drone in the sky.

The patent pending solution can be plug and play or integrated into a UAV’s circuit system during manufacturing.

“The development of LATAS is based around the idea that we can use existing technologies at a low cost and weight, and avoid the creation of an entire new system,” said Tyler Collins, Director of Business Development at PrecisionHawk and LATAS creator, according to the release. “We need more advanced computer systems to deal with the technology side and reversely, we need the technology side to work with traditional safety methods to provide the FAA with a safety-first solution.”

LATAS will allow users to request, track and verify all flight operations from a central location and automatically report flight paths back to the FAA. The small, lightweight system is currently a working prototype using the code standards that are required for air traffic control.

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