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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46 unmanned systems inside   December 2017/January 2018 WASHINGTON VIEW by DEE ANN DIVIS mercial operations under the IP2 program. When asked if the program was envisioning just test f lights or true for-profit operations, Lawrence said the program was open for either approach. "Think of them as tests," he said, "but we're not looking to restrict and we actually want to learn. So I mean there may be some operations where there will be some actual exchange of money involved—and testing also. How would we conduct those operations? That's another reason why it's a department effort, because we need that economic authority coming from the Department (of Transportation) as well—and in the case of for-hire operations." That does not mean the FAA is giving carte blanche to drone services—though some ex- perts have suggested, enthusiastically, that FA A could delegate its authority to the state and local/tribal authorities leading the teams. However, at the November 2nd presentation, Lawrence said specif ically that each team would still need to get the appropriate waivers and/or exemptions. "So we obviously have to meet our safety requirements for any waiver exemption," Lawrence said. "That is certainly something that won't be compromised. So any application for a waiver or exemption has to address the safety concerns." The UAS Integration Office, Lawrence add- ed, will provide information and help people with paperwork and issues like how to address concerns overs risks—and they plan to quickly address the needs of the IP2 teams. "We are putting priority on the ones in this program," Lawrence said. thing is 55 pounds or greater this is not limited to small UAS." In addition to the UAS and their payloads, drone operators require supporting technology like reliable communication for controlling the UAS. There is a need to assess how much re- dundancy is required as well as how to thwart cyber attacks. The FAA wants the IP2 teams to potentially look at all of this as part of a make- it-work approach. Lawrence underscored that his agency is not prescribing things like data parameters because it doesn't want to constrict out-of-the- box thinking. 'We're hoping you surprise us," Lawrence told the audience. "The goal of this is partnerships and innova- tion to support, to spur integration," said Bill Davis, executive director of emerging tech- nology integration in the FA A's Air Traffic Organization. "…We need these kinds of pro- grams, which is the reason that we're so anxious to participate and start getting these applica- tions in and seeing what the ideas are because they'll not only inform the waivers and authori- zations to enter the air space and so on that Earl mentioned, but it will start to point directions as to where we need to take future automation and things that have longer lead times. So this is really important to us. This is part of divin- ing and determining kind of the NAS (National Airspace System) of the future." Getting Real The FAA also has raised the possibility that, with the cooperation of state, local and tribal authori- ties, drone operators could actually launch com- Notice of Intent Complete Application Identification Concept Overview Airspace and Concept of Operations Key Considerations Team and Past Performance Infrastructure APPLICATION OVERVIEW Proposals should cover: •  Development and testing of innovative UAS concepts •  Aggressive integration objectives •  Diverse set of operators in diverse environments 57 DAYS

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