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NASA Launches UAV Airspace Integration Contest

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naval drone stock photoNASA will award up to $1.5 million for a robotics competition aimed at demonstrating how unmanned aerial vehicles could fly in the same airspace used by manned aircraft, UAS Vision reported Monday.

The challenge’s first phase is scheduled to start in April and will test robustness of UAS, operational UAS safety and airmanship in a series of flight and ground events, the report states.

Phase two trials will evaluate operators’ skills to detect and manage technical challenges while flying civilian drones in public airspace, according to the report.

NASA launched the challenge to support the government’s aim of integrating civilian drones into the national airspace system under the NextGen Airspace Concept program.

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