Inside Unmanned Systems

DEC 2018 - JAN 2019

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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34  December 2018/January 2019 unmanned systems inside AIR IPP RENO authorization, real-time telemetry, contingency management, and remote airspace management for a variety of BVLOS f light simulations. NASA is conducting the multi-year, collabora- tive UTM research project with the goal of developing and demonstrating a possible UTM system that can safely enable drone operations. During the Reno IPP effort Iris Technology's sense and avoid system will allow the drones deployed in the area to "see" as a human pilot does. A camera, processor and computer vision software will be used to perceive the drone's surroundings and avoid colli- sions. Computer vision software will classify and track moving objects and identify their trajectory and velocity in relationship to the drone. Successful drone delivery of AEDs within the urban, suburban and rural environments of Reno will also mean f lying over people, at night, and in poor weather conditions. By feeding weather and other data into the UTM system, pilots can be alerted to poten- tial risks on the ground, as well as in the air. For example, phone data can po- tentially provide a heat map of where people are on the ground so drones can be diverted. This helps to mitigate the risk of f lying over people. T-Mobile is ensuring the connectivity of the deliv- ery drones for the Reno IPP. PUBLIC OUTREACH Engaging the public and building sup- port for drone delivery is an important next step for the Reno project. The communications teams from Reno and Flirtey are working on a commu- nity outreach plan to educate residents on the life-saving capabilities of drone delivery while providing mechanisms to collect community feedback. Public opinion surveys will be conducted early on and then again in 2020 near the end of the program. Education efforts will include a combination of community meetings and workshops, public relations, and electronic media. A website will be available where resi- dents can ask questions and voice their concerns. "We are interested in learning what the public's tolerance is for drones in the air," said Scott Gilles, legislative re- lations program manager for the city of Reno. "The community outreach and education aspects of IPP attracted us to the program." Representatives from the Reno- Sparks Indian Colony on the IPP team will provide insights to help build the framework for drone deliver y regulations on tribal lands. The col- ony's 1,150 members from the Paiute, Shoshone and Washoe tribes reside on 28 acres in Reno and on 1,920 acres in Hungry Valley. The group will also work with REMSA and Flirtey to de- termine how drone delivery of AEDs can be integrated into the colony's health services. Drone delivery is gaining grassroots support in Reno, Sweeny said. He cites research completed after the 7-Eleven drone deliver y trial conducted by Flirtey as evidence. Of the survey par- ticipants, 100 percent said they were extremely satisfied with the delivery experience and 100 percent said they would use Flirtey drone delivery in the future. A NEW WAY TO WORK The UAS IPP differs from previous FAA test projects in that the IPPs are being led by state, local and tribal governments working together with commercial enterprises and the FAA. While the IPP teams must still obtain waivers from the FA A, they have the advantage of working with a dedicated program manager who facilitates in- teraction with the partners. "IPP is a very promising initiative," Sweeny said. "In just a few months, Flirtey has achieved a major first for the drone industry. We're excited at the pace of developments in this program and thrilled to help lead regulatory ef- forts to grow this new industry." We are interested in learning what the public's tolerance is for drones in the air. The community outreach and education aspects of IPP attracted us to the program." Scott Gilles, legislative relations program manager, City of Reno, Nevada " Photo courtesy of Flirtey.

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