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One of the major challenges of drone flight is the management of their traffic and the prevention of collisions. UAS Traffic Management and simulation capabilities will be researched in a virtual environment. The FAA awarded $848,685 towards an overall contract of $1.79 million to demonstrate and validate UAS Traffic Management (UTM) technology in coordination with the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS) test site.

Technology infrastructure corporation Switch in partnership with ANRA Technologies and NIAS have been announced as the recipient of a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) contract by the FAA.

ANRA provides operators with an off the shelf, field proven drone operational platform which is fully functional and compliant with FAA and other applicable regulations for drone flight management and their mobile applications.

Demonstrations and validation of new unmanned systems will be conducted to evaluate performance thresholds, operational constraints, and system requirements for scalable operation of commercial small UAS, according to

The project will also provide insight into redundancy, bandwidth, cost estimates, compute, and data storage requirements to operate the UTM safely and securely on a national scale in a scalable and cost-effective manner.

Hybrid cloud computing mechanisms, UTM platform, data-driven analytics, and The SwitchSIGHT command centers will be leveraged to simulate thousands of simultaneous UAS flights.