ANSI ‘Gaps Progress Report’ tracks development in UAS standardisation and suggests future modifications

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has released a Gaps Progress Report  that tracks standards developing organisations to address the gaps identified in the Standardisation roadmap for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) (Version 2.0 June 2020). The roadmap was drawn up by the ANSI UAS Standardisation Collaborative (UASSC).

The gaps progress report was compiled by ANSI staff based on inputs from SDOs, subject matter experts, alert mechanisms, and independent research. It lists newly published standards and new standards projects, alongside suggestions for future roadmap modifications. The report is not a consensus document but rather is intended to serve as an interim “living document” that will be maintained and periodically re-published until such time as the UASSC develops a next version of the standardization roadmap.

The UASSC was formed in 2017 to coordinate and accelerate the development of the standards and related conformance programs needed to facilitate the safe integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the national airspace system of the United States. More than 400 individuals from 250 public- and private-sector organizations supported the standardization roadmap, including representatives of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), other U.S. federal government agencies, SDOs, industry, and academia. The roadmap identified 71 open gaps where no published standard or specification exists to respond to a particular industry need. It also noted 53 gaps where additional pre-standardization research and development (R&D) is needed.

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