Airbus Aerial has been selected to provide unmanned aircraft systems expertise as part of a team of private-sector firms supporting the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program (IPP).
The IPP is a three-year Department of Transportation (DOT) programme implemented through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), aimed at developing a regulatory framework for expanded drone operations nationwide.
Ten teams were selected from more than 150 applicants across North America. Airbus Aerial is to support UAS IPP teams for Virginia and North Dakota.
“Airbus Aerial’s participation in the Integration Pilot Program will expand our efforts in beyond visible line of sight drone operations, as well as in testing and validating safe operational models and new technologies,” said Jesse Kallman, president of Airbus Aerial.
“This important work will help the US government to lay a foundation for drone operations in the United States.”
Launched just over a year ago, Airbus Aerial provides customised data and analysis of aerial imagery collected from drones, satellites, high-altitude aircraft and other sources. Its customers represent a range of markets, including insurance, public utilities and infrastructure.
In Virginia, the IPP team is led by the Commonwealth of Virginia through the state’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Investment Authority and the Center for Innovative Technology. The North Dakota IPP team is led by the North Dakota Department of Transportation.