Echodyne announces strategic agreement with Supernal


Radar platform firm, Echodyne, has announced a strategic agreement and minority investment from Supernal.

The collaboration between the two companies will focus on how to leverage Echodyne’s radars to enhance safety in Supernal’s vehicle and across ground-based operations. Supernal is targeting launch of commercial flights of its eVTOL in 2028.

Ben Diachun, chief technology officer, Supernal said: “Echodyne offers unique radar-based detection capabilities that Supernal can utilise in Advanced Air Mobility development. Resilient and powerful radar aids airborne situational awareness to improve safety in the air.”

The partnership spans the AAM ecosystem, from onboard systems for in-flight situational awareness to ground-based solutions for enhanced operational clarity in dense airspace, such as vertiports, flight areas and corridors. Echodyne serves customers across the defence, critical infrastructure protection, uncrewed aircraft systems, and AAM markets.

In the air, the Echodyne radar will provide all-weather airspace monitoring for advanced vehicles like Supernal’s in the near-term – and potential automated applications in the future. On the ground, the radar will deliver situational awareness data that complements the airborne radar, further enhancing the safety case and surpassing any product in its weight class.

“Supernal is reimagining airborne mobility with the same ‘safety above all’ mentality we have here at Echodyne,” said Eben Frankenberg, CEO of Echodyne. “As their team continues to shape the future of the Advanced Air Mobility market, we are pleased Supernal recognises the value of radar as they track towards market entry. The AAM market is another long-term global market where we have a significant technology advantage and this partnership demonstrates our intention to remain a significant contributor to airspace safety solutions across the industry.”