Unmanned Community Making Progress On Airspace Access

August 5, 2013

"Detect-and-avoid is not around the corner. Ten years is a fair assessment for a civil-certified algorithm that works autonomously, " says Andy Lacher, UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) integration lead at MITRE. He also agrees that liability for the logic should rest with the government. "I would suggest it is the right way to go, but I don't know who the decision-maker would be." MITRE is working with NASA Langley, University of North Dakota (UND) and Draper Laboratory to test a cooperative automatic sense-and-avoid system using automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) as the sensor. The test involves flights of a NASA Cirrus SR22 surrogate UAS to test SAA algorithms developed by Draper, MITRE and UND.

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