NASA To Test UAV Management System For Cities Written 24 May 2019

24 May 2019
The Washington Post reports that NASA has “launched the final stage of a four-year effort to develop a national traffic management system” for UAVs. The agency is testing beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flights of UAVs in cities “for the first businesses look in the future to unleash the unmanned devices in droves above busy streets and buildings.” Multiple UAVs “took to the air at the same time above downtown Reno this week in a series of simulations testing emerging technology that someday will be used to manage hundreds of thousands of small unmanned commercial aircraft.” The FAA has “authorized individual test flights in cities before but never for multiple drones or outside the sight of the operator.” The agency has also “outlined proposed rules in January that would ease restrictions on flying drones over crowds but said it won’t take final action until it finishes another regulation on identifying drones as they’re flying.” (Image Credit: NASA)
Full Story (Washington Post)