Inside Unmanned Systems

JUN-JUL 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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14   June/July 2018 unmanned systems inside organizations have a wealth of drone knowledge and have created some very useful UAS integration tools/ procedures. The six test sites have done a lot of work on UAS integra- tion already and it's no wonder that half of the test sites won IPP bids. ASSURE is up to 23 universities worldwide with more than 100 cor- porate partners. Six of the 10 IPP winners have ASSURE schools in their state. NASA is hard at work transitioning UTM to the FAA and has a series of exercises set up to test portions of UTM as it comes online. MY FINAL PIECE OF ADVICE IS: Don't reinvent the wheel. Engage the UAS Test Sites, ASSURE and NASA early and often. There's a good chance these organizations have already researched your idea General Overview by James Poss, Maj Gen (RET) USAF and they can help you test any new ideas. The UAS Test Sites have a wealth of knowledge on what works and what doesn't. True, the goal of IPP is to get UAS off the test rang- es and onto Main Street—but it's a great idea to test out anything risky on the range under the watchful gaze of folks who know what they're doing. The test sites have working with industry down to a fine art. They know how to protect propriety information, but still give the FA A the data they need to approve your waiver. ASSURE is great for an- swering specific questions based on their years of research data. You can either team with ASSURE on one of their present FA A-funded proj- ects or contract via the ASSURE Research Corporation to work your issue. ASSURE already has most of the answers on ground and air col- lision to help with operations over people, has seen every beyond/ex- tended line of sight UAS f light pro- cedure tried to date, and knows how to present answers to your questions in a way the FA A will accept. The NASA/FA A UTM transition team would LOVE to work with IPP part- ners and their UTM technology is at the point where it needs to interface with state/local/tribal folks. Job one should be to contact the UTM folks and get on their test schedule. There's plenty more to consider under IPP, but that's all I have room for this month. If you have more questions, contact me at isr-ideas. com. This is an important program and my partners and I are always happy to help. I know you winners have a lot of work to do after the big victory, but please don't forget that thousands of local jurisdictions are watching everything you do. Keep them in the loop! THERE'S A GOOD CHANCE THESE ORGANIZATIONS HAVE ALREADY RESEARCHED YOUR IDEA AND THEY CAN HELP YOU TEST ANY NEW IDEAS. Photo courtesy of Flirtey. Flirtey is partnered with the IPP teams led by the Choctaw Nation, the City of Reno, NV.; the Kansas Department of Transportation and the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority.

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