NASA Advancing UAS Traffic

NASA Advancing UAS Traffic

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Just in the past few years, more than an estimated 700,000 unmanned aircraft systems, or UAS, have been purchased and are flying around US skies. NASA has set out to create a research platform that will help manage large numbers of drones flying at low altitude along with other airspace users.

Known as UAS Traffic Management, or UTM, the goal is to create a system that can integrate drones safely and efficiently into air traffic that are already flying in low altitude airspace. 

With UTM, package delivery and recreational flights won’t interfere with helicopters, airplanes, nearby airports, or even safety drones being flown by first responders.

On this episode of NASA X the agency will examine this award winning UTM technology and see how it works and better comprehend this innovative system. “We will also take a look at the dedicated NASA team at various field centers and its government and industry partners to understand the work accomplished developing and testing new software in real-world research. We will see the system in action, and find out when these new innovations will come online,” according to NASA.