Sen. John Hoeven (R-North Dakota) has metÂ with NASA leaders to discuss opportunities for the space agency to establish an unmanned aircraft systemsÂ traffic management program in North Dakota he believes wouldÂ highlight the state’sÂ UAS sector.
Hoeven seeks to help facilitate a partnership between NASA’sÂ Ames Research Center, Northern Plains UAS Test Site and Grand Forksâ Grand Sky Technology Park, Hoeven’s office said in a releaseÂ posted Tuesday.
In that release, heÂ said the Northern Plains Test Site and Grand Sky Technology Park have infrastructure and manpower that could help NASAÂ developÂ aÂ traffic management system to integrateÂ UAS in national civilian airspace.
Hoeven also wants to help North DakotaÂ obtain anÂ Federal Aviation AdministrationÂ approval for beyond-line-of-sight operations to further endorse theÂ Northern Plains Test Site for NASAâs UAS traffic management system and other programs of the agency, his office said.
TheÂ Northern Plains Test Site ledÂ close-proximity UAS flight tests in April to helpÂ NASA evaluate its traffic management platform.