The September edition of the Air Traffic Management magazine featured an article written by our own Amit Ganjoo discusses what 100,000 licensed commercial drone operators means for the nation’s drone industry.
With the drone market expected to enjoy exponential growth over the next few years and a large number of anticipated users, one of the key features of UAS traffic management (UTM) is to have a system that does not require constant human monitoring and surveillance and can still ensure the safety, security, and control of drones in low-altitude airspace.
The goal of the nation’s UTM project is to develop an independent, self-directed, and scalable system that will manage and monitor the drones and their flights.
This kind of system would factor in inputs from external sources such as obstacle, terrain, weather, airspace, command and control (C2) link and performance data and make this data available to operators/service providers.
In addition, the system must be capable of sending notifications to external stakeholders like public safety and state and local agencies.
The system should also be capable of providing the human stakeholders with the ability to remotely identify a UAS and make strategic decisions related to mission management whether it is launch, execution, and/or termination of airspace operations.
The procedures and interfaces also need to ensure that only authenticated and approved UAS can operate in the given airspace.