Inside Unmanned Systems

JUN-JUL 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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49 June/July 2019  unmanned systems inside Ground Systems ANALYSIS-BASED UTM That kind of analysis, which Kucera says is currently missing in UTM plans, is at the heart of OneSky's bid to become a UTM Service Supplier (USS). If you've modeled the elements needed along the route of an ex- tended mission—such as communications and naviga- tion—there is greater certainty you will have what you need to support a safe f light. Kucera said, "It feeds a safety and risk management process" that can be used to demonstrate to the FA A that you can so this safely. In time, he said, the goal is to establish a process where such analysis supports automated approval of BVLOS operations. OneSky already has a contract to build a UTM sys- tem for Singapore, Kucera said, and its technology is be- ing used by a number of drone test ranges. It recently completed live f light testing of its UTM system with NUAIR, which manages the FA A UAS test range at Griffiss International Airport in Rome, New York. The test at Griffiss, the first such f light at an FAA UAS test site, validated NASA Technical Capability Level 4 and the USS-to-USS integration protocol. "The ability for multiple UAS services suppliers to communicate with each other is another key element in implementing a UAS traff ic management system that can facilitate beyond visual line of sightt com- mercial operations," said Tony Basile, chief operations off icer at NUAIR, in a statement. "OneSky has dif- ferentiated themselves by demonstrating their ability to deliver robust UTM capability to support BVLOS and urban operations. We especially appreciate the analytical depth of their software as well as their ex- ceptional support." VCSI Where STK got its start with satellites, CDL Systems' vehicle control station—that is, VCS—began as the con- troller for an unmanned boat called the Barracuda that served as a Canadian Navy practice target in the 1990s. Lockheed Martin Canada has since acquired CDL and LOWER LEFT: OneSky creating fl ight plans using existing route generation software called Aviator. UPPER LEFT: OneSky software modeling the command and control link along planned aircraft route. "Cellular is not everywhere. GPS is not everywhere. Surveillance, like radar, isn't everywhere—and so we have to model it to fi gure out where it's available." Chris Kucera, director of strategic partnerships, OneSky DEFENSE COMMERCIAL NEXUS

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