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NASA tests next phase of UAS traffic management system

June 5, 2017By

On May 25, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-designated Nevada UAS Test Site and its NASA partners flew five different unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to test NASA’s Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management (UTM). The flights demonstrated multiple operational scenarios, including parachute-initiated emergency supply deliveries and aerial survey operations. The UAVs were flown beyond the pilot’s visual line of sight using strategically placed visual... read more

ANSI establishes UAS standardization collaborative

May 30, 2017By

A May 19 meeting convened by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) confirmed there is broad-based support among key stakeholders from the private and public sectors for ANSI to establish an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Standardization Collaborative (UASSC). The UASSC will work to coordinate and accelerate the development of the standards and conformity assessment programs needed to facilitate the safe,... read more

Raytheon launches WAAS payload to improve GPS accuracy for air travel

May 22, 2017By

Raytheon Company has launched its GEO 6 satellite payload into orbit for its 12-year mission. It is the latest payload to support the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS), which enhances the reliability and accuracy of GPS signals for directing air travel. The Raytheon-developed payload is a key element of WAAS, which offers commercial, business and general aviation... read more

Congress increases funding for UAS research, airspace integration

May 11, 2017By

More than $20 million for research on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) was included in an appropriations package that Congress passed and the president signed into law last week to fund the federal government through the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30. The funding for UAS research is $2.67 million more than last year’s budget request by the Federal... read more

UAV testing facility selects Harris for BVLOS support

May 11, 2017By

Grand Sky Airfield Operations, a 217-acre UAS test facility in North Dakota, has selected Harris Corporation to provide an advanced solution to support beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) unmanned aerial systems (UAS) flight operations, reducing the need for chase planes to provide constant visual surveillance during flight. Grand Sky tenants will have the ability to conduct BVLOS UAS flights, enabling commercial and government... read more

Drones, swarms, artificial intelligence and virtual reality now rule

May 10, 2017By

Add small sats, gamification and nanotechnology, and you've got a bunch of powerful new drivers pushing out geospatial frontiers in every direction. These exciting tools are opening up new market sectors and bringing powerful techniques to military and other applications. read more

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FAA evaluates drone detection dystems at DFW

April 28, 2017By

This week, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and its partners are conducting detection research on unmanned aircraft (UAS) at Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW) Airport. The DFW evaluation is the latest in a series of detection system evaluations that began in February 2016. Previous evaluations took place at Atlantic City International Airport; John F. Kennedy International Airport; Eglin Air Force Base;... read more

UAV poll results and business applications

April 18, 2017By

One-third of GPS World readers who responded to the latest poll think air traffic control and the FAA regulatory environment constitute the biggest challenges facing the UAV industry today. Other answers receiving top votes, from 10 to 27 percent of the total, included Better, smaller, more lightweight sensors: inertial, Lidar, infrared, spectral, etc. (16 percent) Integration of other sensors with... read more

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