Inside Unmanned Systems

DEC 2017 - JAN 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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ENGINEERING. PRACTICE. POLICY. 21 unmanned systems inside December 2017/January 2018 Test sites are looking to unmanned traffic management (UTM) technology to make the airspace safer for all drone operations—including beyond visual line of sight flights (BVLOS). There's still a long way to go, but progress is being made, and includes a new UTM testing corridor in New York as well as a BVLOS focus at the other FAA designated test sites. by Renee Knight Photo courtesy of Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence and Innovation at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (LSUASC). The LSUASC has participated in three previous NASA UTM flight demonstrations including their most recent, which took place in Port Mansfield, TX. F or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to realize their full poten- tial commercially, they must be able to undertake missions be- yond the visual line of sight (BVLOS) of their operators. This ca- pability will open up a whole new world of opportunities for unmanned aircraft firms, particularly in industries like oil and gas, utilities and emergency response. There is, however, a lot of work to be done before BVLOS f lights can become routine. Drones, whether they're f lying within the operator's line of sight or beyond it, must be safely integrated into the national air- space system (NAS) so they can operate without creating greater risks for manned aircraft—and that's where unmanned traffic management (UTM) technology comes in. NASA, drone manufacturers and the test sites designated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are focusing on developing UTM technology to enable safe integration of low-altitude UAS operations. The envisioned system helps with mission planning and f light de-conf liction up front, and sends notifications to alert pilots to any problems, such as intruders or their system going out of the designated area, while they're in f light. Inside Unmanned Systems recently spoke with officials from the Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research (NUAIR) Alliance, The Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site and the Lone UTM: OPENING UP THE AIRSPACE FOR LONG-DISTANCE FLIGHTS Jerry Hendrix, executive director, Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence and Innovation at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (LSUASC) " SO WHAT DO YOU DO TO ALLOW PERMISSION TO OPERATE BVLOS? IT GETS DOWN TO WHAT WOULD MITIGATE RISK SO YOU CAN HAVE SAFE OPERATIONS. AND SAFE OPERATIONS HAVE TO BE EQUIVALENT TO MANNED FLIGHT."

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