Virginia-based Dedrone, which specializes in airport security technology, has been tasked by the Federal Aviation Administration with installing its system at a second airport, after initial testing at Atlantic City International Airport.
Huntsville International Airport is one of five nationwide chosen by the FAA to test systems to prevent drone dangers. Others are Rickenbacker International Airport, Columbus, Ohio; Syracuse Hancock International Airport, Syracuse, New York; and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Seattle, Washington, in addition to Atlantic City.
The FAA project began in 2022 and should conclude later this year.
“The FAA will use the results of the testing in its development of a plan for the certification and authorization of counterdrone detection and mitigation systems in the National Airspace System (NAS) including at airports around the country,” Dedrone said in announcing that it was adding its system at a second airport.
Dedrone’s technologies, called DedroneTracker and DedroneDefender, help detect and identify drones and then prevent damage while minimizing interference with other airport communication systems.
“The threat of drone disruptions to airports and other critical infrastructure is persistent and escalating. We are honored to continue our work with the FAA to make airports safer for passengers, crew and airport staff by incorporating our counterdrone technology into existing airport security apparatuses,” said Aaditya Devarakonda, CEO of Dedrone.