Autonomy in Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management

IAI wins contract to increase autonomy in the National Airspace Systems (NAS).

NASA’s research envisions future concepts for air transportation with an increasing reliance on autonomy technologies. NASA’s Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Traffic Management (UTM) model will provide the flexibility to support future use cases while establishing the necessary constraints to ensure safe and equitable operations.

IAI will focus on the challenges of unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operations (UAS traffic management, or UTM) across a range of potential use cases.

This subtopic addresses the application of autonomy towards improving mobility, scalability, efficiency, safety, and cost-competitiveness. NASA’s near-term goal for UTM itself is the development and demonstration of the concept to safely enable low-altitude airspace and UAS operations within the next five years. For the longer-term (10 to 15 years in the future), the goal is to safely enable the anticipated dramatic increase in density of all low-altitude airspace operations.

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