The National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences awarded producers Michael Bibbo and Kevin Krigsvold the award in the category of informational/instructional program or special.
NASA X, a television program and vodcast that highlights new and emerging technologies, featured research being done at NASA's four aeronautics research centers: Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif.; Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif.; Glenn Research Center in Cleveland; and NASA Langley.
According to a synopsis of the program, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) have operated on a limited basis in the National Airspace System (NAS) since the 1990s. Until recently, UAS supported mainly public operations, such as military and border security operations, but are rapidly expanding to encompass a broad range of other activities, including aerial photography, land and crop surveying, communications, and forest fire and environmental monitoring.
Integrating UAS into the NAS is challenging, and to do so safely and effectively requires help from NASA. The agency says it is providing research to reduce technical barriers associated with integrating these vehicles into the NAS.
The Emmy award honors excellence in television production in various sectors of the television industry, including entertainment programming, news and documentary shows, and sports programming.
NASA X’s ‘Unmanned Aircraft Systems – Transforming the Horizon’ program can be watched here.