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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AIR INTEGRATION 24 unmanned systems inside   December 2017/January 2018 Photo courtesy of North Dakota Test Site. BVLOS connectivity diagram from the Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site. "I DON'T THINK THERE'S ONE SOLUTION THAT'S GOING TO FULLY ENABLE BVLOS." Nick Flom, executive director, Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site Star UAS Center of Excellence and Innovation at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (LSUASC) to learn about the role they're play- ing in moving this technology and the com- mercial UAS industry forward. For all those involved, it's about mitigating risk and work- ing toward one common goal: safely integrat- ing UAS into the National Airspace, which includes BVLOS f lights. New York's UTM Corridor In September, the NUAIR Alliance launched Phase 1 of its 50-mile UTM corridor that connects two New York state airports be- tween Rome and Syracuse. The corridor will provide a space where drone developers and manufacturers can safely test BVLOS op- erations using ground-based radar, NUAIR Executive Director Larry Brinker said. The effort is the result of a partnership between NUAIR and NASA and marks the creation of the NUSTAR UAS test facility at Griffiss International Airport. The first five miles of the corridor are al- ready operational, with construction on the full network of sensors expected to begin in 2018. Completion of the next phase is expected by the end of 2018. The state contributed $30 million to support the expansion and program managers are in the process of selecting part- ners to help build out the corridor. During a demonstration to officially activate the corridor, which for now is a loop around the Griffiss International Airport, ground-based sensors and radars from Gryphon Sensors were used to detect and track two aircraft— one manned and one not. Air traffic managers were able to keep the systems a safe distance from each other, demonstrating what the tech- nology can do and how different sensors and systems can be tested. "The essence of all testing is provability for the public," Brinker said. "Until the public ac- cepts the fact that UAS can be operated safely and efficiently, Dominos will never be able to deliver a pizza with a UAS, and Amazon will never be able to deliver a package. We have test sites to prove the technology to be safe, and that advances the ball down the field when it comes to the commercialization of UAS." The corridor is in a relatively rural area, mak- ing testing safer and easier to complete, said Marke (Hoot) Gibson, the new NUAIR CEO. It opens up more opportunities to f ly, and the more flights they can get in, the more they can learn. Through the corridor, he expects to not

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