NASA UTM, VirtualAirBoss to Test UAS for Crisis Response


SmartC2 Inc. says its VirtualAirBoss (VAB), integrated with the NASA unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) traffic management (UTM) program, will be involved in an experiment with the Center for Asymmetric Warfare to coordinate flights of UAS during threats and emergencies.

More than 90 local, state and federal emergency response agencies will collaborate with the Port of Hueneme in California to conduct the annual Coastal Trident Regional Maritime Security and Response Exercise in the first two weeks of June.

Alan Jaeger, director of the Center for Asymmetric Warfare, is participating with VAB and with NASA’s Parimal Kopardekar, manager of the Safe Autonomous System Operations Project, to demonstrate connectivity of VAB to NASA’s UTM program.

VAB is a browser-based solution to help aviation service groups manage their business operations from end to end. The software provides one place where operators can schedule, manage and report on their entire fleet and business process.

Working alongside government, industry and academic partners, NASA is leading the research, development, testing, and implementation of the UTM program.

“Unmanned aircraft will play an increasing role in damage evaluation and crisis response, and coordinating drones in the airspace will be vital,” says Stuart Rudolph, president of SmartC2. “The feedback provided by the Coastal Trident users who are coordinating flights during this scenario will improve our technology moving forward.”

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