How will planes and drones harmonize in the friendly sky’s? With drone transport of live organs on the rise and drone delivery just around the corner, the sky is about to get a lot busier. The question on everyone’s mind is…. how will a safe aerial dance take place?
Unbeknownst to many, UAS Traffic Management, or UTM system is being created to consolidate aerial traffic of planes and drones. The main focus of UTM system is to safely and efficiently merge drones into the national airspace. Situational awareness among drones and planes is being created to mitigate aerial collisions.
NASA’ S Aims Research Center in California’s Silicone Valley has created a unified research platform for invested parties to come together to formulate the UTM system. The invested parties are FAA, academia, Amazon, Google, Intel, and dozens more. The most complicated airspace to plan for, will be that in urban areas.