Unifly has partnered with the State of Nevada Test Site for the jointly led FAA and NASA UTM pilot program.
Announced in January by the US secretary of transportation, the Unmanned Pilot Program (UPP) will develop and demonstrate technology to manage the airspace for the safe deployment of drones into US airpace.
For the FAA, the UPP’s will be used to both gather data that can be used for future rulemakings and also develop, demonstrate, and provide enterprise services that will support the implementation of initial UTM operations.
It is hoped the UTM programme can bridge the research activities and operational deployment of future UTM capabilities.
Dr Chris Walach, executive senior director of the Nevada UAS Test Site and Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems commented on the program.
He said: “Our Nevada Team is very much looking forward to evolving and safely integrating aerial drones into the National Airspace System. Our participating partners are the very best across the UAS Industry and each one brings an incredible capability to Nevada.”
Laurent Huenaerts, VP and general manager of Unifly added: “The UTM Pilot Program is an important milestone for the operational deployment of UTM services in the near future and we are glad to partner once again with the FAA to achieve this objective.”
He added: “Unifly is already actively working together with the Nevada UAS Test Site and our teammates to leverage our unique expertise in large-scale deployment of UTM systems.”