Coast Guard Seeks to Conduct Arctic UAS Missions

The U.S. Coast Guard has announced a notice of intent to conduct research with Houston-based energy company Conoco Phillips Co. (COP) for unmanned aerial systems (UAS) operations.

In a notice posted on the Federal Register, the Coast Guard is requesting comments for its plan “to evaluate [UAS] capabilities, benefits, risks and technical limitations of operating UAS from land and/or off a Coast Guard Cutter in [an Arctic] maritime environment” under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with COP.

It says the flights and evaluations will be conducted “under a wide variety of simulated but realistic and relevant real-world maritime operational scenarios, such as ice operations, marine environmental monitoring, marine safety, search and rescue, and potentially other Coast Guard mission sets,’ according to the Federal Register.

“While the Coast Guard is currently considering partnering with COP, the agency solicits public comment on the possible nature of and participation of other parties in the proposed CRADA.

“In addition, the Coast Guard also invites other potential non-Federal participants, who have the interest and capability to bring similar contributions to this type of research, to consider submitting proposals for consideration for similar CRADAs.”

Comments can be submitted here on or before April 20.


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