US senators introduce legislation to reauthorise test sites in support of UAS research

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.

The legislation:

  • 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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