A Holistic Approach for Assessing Drone Benefits, Safety, and Societal Acceptance

By Jon Semanek , Jill Kamienski

How can the positive benefits of drones be recognized, quantified, and viewed in a holistic manner to inform safety decisions that would enable increased and purposeful use of drones with societal benefits?

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A multi-disciplinary team from MITRE set out with the goal of creating a holistic assessment process that measures and evaluates societal benefits of using a drone in addition to considering aviation operational risk—a methodology that considers societal perception and acceptance of drone use for a specific purpose in a holistic manner. This collaborative effort resulted in a framework that can be used to inform FAA decision-making based on assessing air and ground safety, societal benefits, and societal acceptance for a specific drone operation.