FAA Center of Excellence Seeks Info on Key UAS Considerations

The Alliance for Systems Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE) – the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Center of Excellence (COE) – has issued a request for information (RFI) on key considerations for integrating small UAS into the low-altitude aviation environment, as well as on potential detect-and-avoid (DAA) approaches and technology.

The FAA’s UAS COE comprises 22 research institutions and more than 100 industry/government partners.

In September 2015, ASSURE says, its core universities – New Mexico State University and the University of North Dakota – were tasked by the FAA to research DAA requirements necessary for limited beyond visual line of sight sUAS operations.

According to ASSURE, the research requires accurate and verifiable data on current unmanned aviation operations conducted routinely at low altitudes. It also requires data, models and evaluation methodologies for assessing sUAS collision risk with other current and proposed aviation operations conducted at low altitudes. The sUAS collision risk data will be focused on unmanned aviation operations, says the consortium.

The full RFI can be found here.

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