As with any new technology it always seems that there is a “holy grail” that if achieved would unleash its true potential. In the case of UAVs it is BVLOS – beyond visual line of sight operations. This would open up the industry to a whole new level of applications, professionalism and opportunity.
In order for BVLOS to become a reality a number of systems have to be put in place. One of the more important of these is air traffic management. Altavian, Inc. announced today that it is working with Northern Plains UAS Test Site (NPUASTS) to help test NASA’s Unmanned aircraft systems Traffic Management (UTM) system. Altavian and NPUASTS will work to develop technology related to UTM while a third partner, iSight RPV Services will provide flight test services for the project on the Nova F7200 small unmanned aerial system (sUAS).
NASA has been working with technology leaders in the sUAS industry to develop a UTM system that can help safely integrate drones into the national air space. A UTM is considered an integral part to regulating drones on a national level, as well as beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations.