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NASA UAS Traffic Management National Campaign Operations across Six UAS Test SitesNASA's Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management research aims to develop policies, procedures, requirements, and other artifacts to inform the implementation of a future system that enables small drones to access the low altitude airspace. In this endeavor, NASA conducted a geographically diverse flight test in conjunction with the FAA's six unmanned aircraft systems Test Sites. A control center at NASA Ames Research Center autonomously managed the airspace for all participants in eight states as they flew operations (both real and simulated). The system allowed for common situational awareness across all stakeholders, kept traffic procedurally separated, offered messages to inform the participants of activity relevant to their operations. Over the 3- hour test, 102 flight operations connected to the central research platform with 17 different vehicle types and 8 distinct software client implementations while seamlessly interacting with simulated traffic.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Ames Research Center
Document Type
Conference Paper
Rios, Joseph
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA United States)
Mulfinger, Daniel
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA United States)
Homola, Jeff
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA United States)
Venkatesan, Priya
(ASRC Research and Technology Solutions, LLC Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Date Acquired
January 20, 2017
Publication Date
September 25, 2016
Subject Category
Air Transportation And Safety
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
Meeting: Digital Avionics Systems Conference
Location: Sacramento, CA
Country: United States
Start Date: September 25, 2016
End Date: September 29, 2016
Sponsors: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 154692.
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.
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