Inside Unmanned Systems

DEC 2016-JAN 2017

Inside Unmanned Systems provides actionable business intelligence to decision-makers and influencers operating within the global UAS community. Features include analysis of key technologies, policy/regulatory developments and new product design.

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22 unmanned systems inside   December 2016/January 2017 this time I think reality hit and the FAA realized commercialization of UTM and its attendant GBSAA sensors is the only way to move forward. Part 107 is out and it's been a resounding success. Drones aren't going away. Better to get their traf- fic management system right from the start. Therefore, I'm predicting UTM will contin- ue at this blistering pace. UTM will success- fully transition from NASA to the FAA. The FAA will continue developing beyond line of sight (BLOS) rules as the research comes in and they will require GBSAA sensor coverage coupled with UTM for part 107 BLOS waivers for a wide variety of UAS operations. The FAA will commercialize both UTM and GBSA A sensor coverage. In the future, commercial UAS operators will pay a tiered subscription fee to a commercial UTM vendor. A basic fee will cover the traffic management portions of UTM; geofencing, f light monitoring, etc. They'll be a higher fee for BLOS operations re- quiring GBSAA coverage. A smart vendor will also package data link relay into this deal. The only area that gave me pause at the Syracuse conference was cyber security. The organizers did a great job at paying attention to cyber and providing some great panelists. They made some great points—cyber secu- rity must be built in at the start, 87% of cyber security breaches come from software f laws, each UAS needs an "indisputable address" to f ly. The problem was, I didn't see much action UAS MUST COMMUNICATE OUTSIDE THEIR DATA BUS. THEY MUST COMMUNICATE WITH A GROUND BASED NETWORK TO ENABLE UTM. Illustration courtesy of NASA General Overview by James Poss, Maj Gen (RET) USAF NASA's unmanned traffic management (UTM) system could some day support the use of drones for tasks like search and rescue, firefighting, agricultural monitoring and package delivery.

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