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NASA, NIAS Test Unmanned Aircraft Traffic Management Tech

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NASA and the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems have tested unmanned aircraft systems and airspace management technologies as part of efforts to integrate UAS into the U.S. national airspace system.

NIAS said Monday the week-long demonstration occurred at a UAS test site at the Reno-Stead Airport in Nevada and involved UAS ground control systems, communication, navigation, surveillance, human factors, data exchange and network platforms.

The test is part of the NASA-led UAS Traffic Management project that involves the Federal Aviation Administration, UAS test sites and industry.

The program seeks to develop and demonstrate a UTM prototype with technologies that will be integrated into an operational drone traffic management system.

During the test, NASA provided a flight information management system, which will serve as a platform prototype to support the coordination of the FAA with UAS operators across the U.S.

The latest demonstration, called the Technology Capability Level 3 campaign, is part of a series of increasingly complex research, development and test activities under the UTM project.

TCL 3 is focused on technologies that are designed to maintain safe spacing between responsive and non-responsive UAS over moderately populated environments.

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