Unifly joins FAA’s ASSURE programme to validate separation criteria for sUAS

Unifly, a Terra Drone Corporation company, is participating as an industry partner in a project initiated by the Federal Aviation Administration in collaboration with the Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE) and partner universities. ASSURE, comprised of 29 research institutions and more than a hundred industry and government partners with a total funding of approximately USD90 million is leading the sUAS Well Clear Requirements project, referred to as A68. This project aims to validate separation criteria for small uncrewed aircraft systems (sUAS), to help ensure the safety and integration of drones into the airspace.

Terra Drone, Unifly, and Aloft are embarking on this joint uncrewed traffic management effort to meet the needs of increasing electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft (eVTOL) operations. According to research by Morgan Stanley, the urban air mobility market is expected to grow to USD1 trillion by 2040 and USD9 trillion by 2050. 

Flight testing of separation services will cover both sUAS-to-sUAS and sUAS-to-manned aircraft encounters. The research institutions will use the Unifly platform for flight planning, real-time and conformance monitoring, and alerting. Through the Unifly API capabilities, flight plans, tracking data, and separation thresholds will be exchanged among multiple stakeholders.

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