ANSI report details gaps in UAS standards and areas in need of research and development

The American Standards Institute (ANSI) has announced today the availability of an interactive gaps progress report tracking efforts over the last nine months by standards developing organizations (SDOs) and others to address the gaps identified in the Standardisation Roadmap for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Version 2.0, June 2020, published by the ANSI UAS Standardisation Collaborative (UASSC). The roadmap identifies 71 open gaps where no published standard or specification exists to respond to a particular industry need. It also notes 53 gaps where additional pre-standardization research and development (R&D) is needed.

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 US federal government agencies, SDOs, industry, and academia.

ANSI’s facilitation of the UASSC is supported in part by contributions from the FAA. To be added to the UASSC’s mailing list, or to offer suggested edits to the gaps progress report, email

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