The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has launched an Unmanned Aircraft Systems Standardization Collaborative (UASSC), which will kick off with a meeting next month in Washington, D.C.
The UASSC’s mission will be to coordinate and accelerate the development of the standards and conformity assessment programs needed to facilitate the safe, mass integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into national airspace, says ANSI.
The collaborative will also focus on international coordination and adaptability with a goal of fostering the growth of the UAS market. The group will not develop standards; rather, it will work to develop a standardization roadmap over the course of a year to identify existing and in-development standards, define where gaps exist, and recommend additional work that is needed, ANSI explains.
UASSC’s roadmap will include a proposed timeline for completion of the work and list of organizations that can perform the work. The aim is to describe the current standards landscape, articulate standardization needs, drive coordinated standards activity, minimize duplication of effort and inform resource allocation for standards participation. ANSI announced the establishment of the UASSC in May following a meeting with drone stakeholders.
The kickoff meeting will be held from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. EST on Sept. 28 at the National Housing Center, 1201 15th St., N.W., in Washington, D.C, followed by a networking reception at the same location. Participation is open to UAS stakeholders that have operations in the U.S. There is no fee to participate, but advance registration is required, says ANSI.
The draft agenda is available here, along with a working draft of a standards landscape document. Meeting participants should familiarize themselves with the standards landscape document in advance of the meeting in preparation for breakout discussions, ANSI suggests.
“ANSI looks forward to bringing together members of the public and private sectors for a discussion of standardization needs to support this exciting area of technology,” comments S. Joe Bhatia, president and CEO of ANSI. “The institute has a successful track record serving as a neutral facilitator to convene such collaboratives when there is a demonstrated need for coordination. That is the case with UAS where many standards developing organizations are involved, as our discussion earlier this year demonstrated.”