Inside Unmanned Systems

AUG-SEP 2018

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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28 unmanned systems inside   August/September 2018 AIR IPP NORTH DAKOTA T here's no doubt Nor th Dakota has embraced un- manned aircraft systems (UAS) and the economic benefits the technology can provide the state. The Northern Plains UAS Test Site became the first of the testing op- erations designated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to con- duct research f lights in 2014, and the country's first commercial UAS tech- nology and business park, Grand Sky, opened at the Grand Forks Air Force Base a short time later. Now, as one of the 10 teams select- ed for the Integration Pilot Program (IPP), the state will work with a variety of partners to address two of the main issues holding drones back from full integration into the National Airspace: the ability to safely conduct f lights over people and to f ly beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS) of the drone pilot. Led by the North Dakota Department of Transportation, the team will work with CNN, law enforcement and Xcel Photos courtesy of the North Dakota Department of Commerce. Energy on the first two phases of the project, said Russ Buchholz, the de- partment's director and Information Technology Division/UAS Integration Program administrator. Safety will be a priority, as will developing repeatable procedures that commercial drone pi- lots across the United States can incor- porate into their operations. "North Dakota is one of the largest UAS users in the country," Buchholz said. "It's only going to grow further. Being part of IPP will help streamline processes and make operations safer and easier. Secretary (of Transportation) (Elaine) Chao mentioned safety as one of the focuses and we're pushing that— for the citizens below and the employees who no longer have to do some of these dangerous jobs." THE PROJECTS During phase one, which Buchholz expects to begin in mid-August, the team will focus on operations over people in an urban environment while f lying in controlled airspace. They'll by Renee Knight Led by the state's Department of Transportation, the North Dakota IPP team will work with CNN, law enforcement and Xcel Energy on projects slated to begin in August and September. FOCUS ON BVLOS and FLIGHTS OVER PEOPLE Public outreach is a challenge. How do I get the public to see that a drone flying over a distribution line is no big deal, and that there are no safety concerns or no security or privacy concerns?" Nick Flom, executive director, Norther Plains UAS Test Site " P P IP Integration Pilot Program Team Follow-Ups

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