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Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are one of the fastest growing sectors of aviation today. Given the growing concern among both regulators and the general public with respect to the safety of these flights, new tools are needed to understand the demand and the associated impact of UAS on the National Airspace (NAS).
UAS-Max, developed by Intelligent Automation Inc. (IAI), is a UAS demand forecast generation tool that provides NAS stakeholders with sample UAS demand datasets that can be used to model and study the impact of UAS flights in controlled Airspace.
UAS-Max generated data is focused on UAS flights 2,000 feet above ground level or higher. The UAS missions and mission specific flight data are developed based on interviews with SME’s and the key stakeholders that are planning to fly UAS. Based on these inputs, detailed demand forecasts are generated and validated using advanced modeling and simulation techniques. UAS-Max data sets provide users with critical data, such as UAS mission characteristics, mission specific demand estimates, aircraft types, flight routes, departure/arrival airports and other flight plan data, that are needed to model UAS traffic in the NAS for a wide range of relevant use cases. Each UAS-Max mission data product has the relevant data needed to model and analyze the impact of UAS operations in the NAS for the representative use case.
UAS-Max demand data is currently available for the following missions:
  • Air Quality Monitoring
  • Spill Monitoring
  • Wildlife Monitoring
  • Maritime Patrol
  • Flood Mapping
  • Border Patrol
  • Law Enforcement
  • Weather Data Collection
  • Point-Source Emissions Monitoring
  • News Gathering
  • Wildfire Monitoring
  • Airborne Pathogen Tracking
  • Aerial Imaging and Mapping
  • To purchase a UAS-Max mission dataset for specific missions, or learn more about the capabilities of UAS-Max please contact us.
    UAS-Max mission data products help researchers, analysts, policy makers, and other users better understand the impact of UAS in the National Airspace. UAS and NAS stakeholders can use UAS-Max data sets to:
    1. Study the integration of UAS flights with commercial flights in class A, B, C, D, and E airspace.
    2. Study the safety characteristics of UAS flights in the future.
    3. Analyze the impact of UAS on the frequency communication spectrum.
    4. Compute the impact of UAS on noise and emissions throughout the National Airspace System.
    5. Generate encounter geometries to test "detect and avoid" algorithms.
    Projected Air Quality Monitoring UAS Flights in the Los Angeles Basin
    The following table shows the list of missions available for purchase. The data available for each mission includes:
    • The flights for that mission at the forecast maximum demand level.
    • Each flight includes its origin airport, route of flight, type of aircraft, arrival airport, along with the anticipated departure time.
    • An airport database with the airport code, airport name, latitude/longitude, and altitude of each airport that is used for the mission.
    • Documentation for each mission, to understand its purpose and basis of forecast.
    UAS Mission Data Product Flights per day Cruise Altitude Cruise Speed (ktas) Flight Duration
    Air Quality Monitoring 1,044 4,000-6,000 ft. AGL 74-89 1-4 hrs.
    Strategic Wildfire Monitoring 324 31,000 ft. MSL 209 ~20 hrs.
    Tactical Wildfire Maximum 10,432 3,000 ft. AGL 72-75 1-1.5 hrs.
    Tactical Wildfire Median 2,496 3,000 ft. AGL 72-75 1-1.5 hrs.
    Tactical Wildfire Minimum 640 3,000 ft. AGL 72-75 1-1.5 hrs.
    Flood Inundation Mapping 127 4,000 ft. AGL 46-51 1-4 hrs.
    Streamflow Monitoring 202 4,000 ft. AGL 46-51 1-4 hrs.
    Law Enforcement 300 3,000 ft. AGL 44-51 3-8 hrs.
    Wildlife Monitoring 308 3,000 ft. AGL 44-51 ~40 mins.
    Aerial Imaging and Mapping 295 3,000 ft. AGL 44-51 ~40 mins.
    Airborne Pathogen Tracking 1,308 3,000-10.000 ft. AGL 72-97 1-4 hrs.
    Maritime Patrol 1,568 5,000-35,000 ft. AGL 151-343 4.5-14 hrs.
    Border Patrol 867 5,000-15,000 ft. AGL 129-173 2-7 hrs.
    Weather Data Collection 2,401 5,000-35,000 ft. AGL 151-343 1.5-13 hrs.
    News Gathering 875 1,500-3,000 ft. AGL 45-51 15 mins. to
    2 hrs.
    Point Source Emission Monitoring 432 3,000 ft. AGL 72-80 40-300 mins.
    Spill Monitoring 880 3,000-13,000 ft. AGL 72-93 40-260 mins.

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