FAA extends deadline for research/industry participation in multiple UAS operations research

The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a new final response date of 20 July 2018 for its request for information (RFI) on research and methods to safely conduct multiple-UAS operations in the NAS.

“This announcement provides the opportunity for academia and industry to participate in a Science and Research Panel (SARP) of the UAS Executive Committee (EXCOM) Request for Information and Open Day for Multiple-UAS operations research. The results of the Open Day will serve to inform SARP research, workshops, and recommendations for control and NAS integration of multi-UAS operations. The SARP is organising a two-day meeting on September 18-19, 2018 to explore the application of technologies and approaches that facilitate safe multiple unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations (two or more UAS [N] with one or more pilots/managers [M].

The objectives of the meeting are to understand the range of current ongoing research (conducted by government, academia, and industry) that may inform technologies or procedures to enable human controlled or monitored multiple UAS operations. Enabling technologies and procedures may include, but are not limited to:

  • Pilot (or mission manager) displays and control station designs
  • Human-automation interaction
  • Pre-planned UAS actions, activities, or manoeuvres
  • Multiple crew coordination
  • UAS fleet management operations
  • Close-range UAS formation flight and detect and avoid
  • UAS relay Command & Control
  • Cooperative multiple UAS surveillance
  • Safety mitigations and contingency procedures

As part of understanding the range of current ongoing research, the meeting will identify candidate solutions that provide a method of measuring/verifying the effect of the technology or procedure for effectiveness, efficiency and reliability.

Solicitation number: 30416

Deadline for responses: 20 July 2018

Responsible authority: Federal Aviation Administration

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