On 15 February 2019, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) selected two organizations to host the final phase of its four-year series of increasingly complicated technical demonstrations involving small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), commonly known as drones.
The Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems in Las Vegas and the Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence & Innovation in Corpus Christi, Texas, will host demonstrations to confirm NASA’s UAS Traffic Management (UTM) system can safely and effectively manage drone traffic in an urban area. The drone flights will take place in and around downtown Reno, Nevada between March and June, and Corpus Christi during July and August.
“ANRA Technologies is proud to be a part of these initiatives and our DroneUSS™ UTM platform will be a key part of both these demonstrations at both these initiatives”. said Amit Ganjoo, CEO ANRA Technologies
“This phase represents the most complicated demonstration of advanced UAS operating in a demanding urban environment that will have been tested to date,” said Ronald Johnson, NASA’s UTM project manager. “We are pleased at the plans by our partners to conduct flight tests in a true urban environment with the support of the City of Reno and the City of Corpus Christi.”
With these demonstrations, NASA and its partners including the Federal Aviation Administration, aim to help the commercial drone industry understand the challenges posed by flying in an urban environment. Results of the flight demonstrations also will help inform future rules, policies and traffic management procedures for operating drones safely over populated areas.