- Associated Press - Sunday, October 23, 2016

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A new system is intended to manage drone air traffic.

NASA and the University of Nevada, Reno’s NUANCE Lab tested the system for the second time last week, reported the Reno Gazette-Journal (https://on.rgj.com/2eHISLc).

“The key question is how do you manage a large number of unmanned aircraft systems at the same time . especially when they are not within visual line of sight,” said Parimal Kopardekar, NASA Ames senior engineer for air transportation systems. “Current (FAA) rules allow you to fly within visual line of sight and this study looks at what it takes to go beyond visual line of sight at the same time.”

Kopardekar said one of the goals is to create safe plans that steer operators clear of operations underway at the same time and place.

“What if you have a priority emergency flight that needs to be given access?” Kopardekar said.

The Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management program was designed to help in emergencies.

“We’re trying to create . common situational awareness to everyone involved in the system and how to share these platforms,” said Joseph Rios, NASA aerospace engineer and technical lead for the program. “If someone’s doing a photography project, how do you integrate that with a police (drone operating in the same area)?”

Testing was conducted at the Reno-Stead Airport.

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Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal, https://www.rgj.com


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