Global security and aerospace company Lockheed Martin says it has deployed its first component – now available to the UAS community – of an unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) traffic management (UTM) system.
The online Flight Service Pilot Web feeds flight plan information directly to the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) National Airspace System (NAS). UAS operators can access the system through the Lockheed Martin Flight Service Pilot Portal.
‘Our objective is an open, standards-based system that individual operators and other private UTM systems can use to interact seamlessly and securely with the NAS,’ says Paul Engola, vice president of Lockheed Martin's transportation and financial solutions business. ‘We look forward to partnering with UAS operators and manufacturers to help create a system that supports the safe co-existence of manned and unmanned flight.’
The company says it is developing additional UTM capabilities in collaboration with several industry stakeholders, including the NASA UTM research project through a Space Act information sharing agreement. These capabilities include standards-based software interfaces that allow UAS ground control stations and other UTM platforms to interact directly with Lockheed Martin's UTM system; monitoring of UAS to determine if they remain in their intended operating area; and notification of air traffic control when UAS encroach on controlled airspace.
Lockheed Martin notes that it is also developing capabilities to support beyond line-of-sight UAS operations through ground-based, detect-and-avoid capabilities.