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Integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems into the National Airspace System-Efforts by the University of Alaska to Support the FAA/NASA UAS Traffic Management Program

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College of Engineering and Mines, University of Alaska Fairbanks, AK 99775, USA
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Geophysical Institute/Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration, University of Alaska Fairbanks, AK 99775, USA
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School of Management, University of Alaska Fairbanks, AK 99775, USA
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Remote Sens. 2020, 12(19), 3112; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs12193112
Received: 31 July 2020 / Revised: 10 September 2020 / Accepted: 10 September 2020 / Published: 23 September 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Trends in UAV Remote Sensing Applications)
Over the past decade Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS, aka “drones”) have become pervasive, touching virtually all aspects of our world. While UAS offer great opportunity to better our lives and strengthen economies, at the same time these can significantly disrupt manned flight operations and put our very lives in peril. Balancing the demanding and competing requirements of safely integrating UAS into the United States (US) National Airspace System (NAS) has been a top priority of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for several years. This paper outlines efforts taken by the FAA and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to create the UAS Traffic Management (UTM) system as a means to address this capability gap. It highlights the perspectives and experiences gained by the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration (ACUASI) as one of the FAA’s six UAS test sites participating in the NASA-led UTM program. The paper summarizes UAF’s participation in the UTM Technical Capability Level (TCL1-3) campaigns, including flight results, technical capabilities achieved, lessons learned, and continuing challenges regarding the implementation of UTM in the NAS. It also details future efforts needed to enable practical Beyond-Visual-Line-of-Sight (BVLOS) flights for UAS operations in rural Alaska. View Full-Text
Keywords: UAS; drone; UTM; remote sensing UAS; drone; UTM; remote sensing
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Hatfield, M.; Cahill, C.; Webley, P.; Garron, J.; Beltran, R. Integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems into the National Airspace System-Efforts by the University of Alaska to Support the FAA/NASA UAS Traffic Management Program. Remote Sens. 2020, 12, 3112. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs12193112

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Hatfield M, Cahill C, Webley P, Garron J, Beltran R. Integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems into the National Airspace System-Efforts by the University of Alaska to Support the FAA/NASA UAS Traffic Management Program. Remote Sensing. 2020; 12(19):3112. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs12193112

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Hatfield, Michael, Catherine Cahill, Peter Webley, Jessica Garron, and Rebecca Beltran. 2020. "Integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems into the National Airspace System-Efforts by the University of Alaska to Support the FAA/NASA UAS Traffic Management Program" Remote Sensing 12, no. 19: 3112. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs12193112

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