US senators Mark Warner and John Hoeven have introduced legislation to support the research and development of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) technologies at the nation’s UAS test sites.
- Extends the authorization for the FAA’s UAS test sites for an additional five years through 2028;
- Formally authorizes research grants through the FAA for the purpose of demonstrating or validating technology related to the integration of UAS in the national airspace system (NAS);
- Requires a grant recipient to have a contract with an FAA UAS test site;
- Identifies key research priorities, including: detect and avoid capabilities; beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations; operation of multiple unmanned aircraft systems; unmanned systems traffic management; command and control; and UAS safety standards.
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