NASA turns to the community to handle increased air traffic

It is predicted that 20 years from now about 10 million manned and unmanned vehicles will crowd U.S. airspace every day. NASA has been working hard to develop a system that can handle the volume and variety of anticipated aircraft, but it can’t do it alone. As part of its Safe Autonomous Systems Operations Project, the organization is launching the Sky for All challenge, and is reaching out for help in developing core components, concepts and technologies that will be used to adapt current transportation systems to the future.

Feb 3, 2016 4:18:05 PM

Topics: Control Systems

Researchers get a drone to do donuts around obstacles

Getting drones up in the air isn’t the problem; it’s what happens to the drone once it is in the air that’s the problem. If you aren’t a seasoned drone operator, you may struggle to get your drones to fly around objects without hitting them, and you may even lose your drone to an accident. Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) are trying to address this problem.

Jan 20, 2016 3:23:40 PM

Topics: Control Systems

Researchers to test a drone traffic-management system

Researchers from the University of Nevada, Reno, are trying to create a safe airspace for drone pilots to fly their unmanned systems with a new traffic-management system. Their research is part of NASA’s Ames Unmanned Aerial Systems Traffic Management initiative to get aircraft operating in low altitude.

Aug 13, 2015 11:19:50 AM

Topics: Control Systems

NASA tests drone collision-avoidance technology

NASA, along with its government and industry partners, has begun testing how drones will be incorporated into the national airspace. This is the third series of tests, which will include testing all the previous and new technology together for the first time.

Jun 24, 2015 3:57:00 PM

Topics: Software, Control Systems

DJI unveils new developer tools and an object avoidance system for drones

DJI is giving developers a new platform to research and test their drone applications and technology. The company announced a new quadcopter designed specifically for developers to take their hardware and software solutions to the sky.

Jun 8, 2015 5:21:00 PM

Topics: Software, Control Systems

UTM NASA’s low-altitude air traffic management research for UAS

Parimal Kopardekar will be a panelist at the upcoming InterDrone Conference in September speaking about how to successfully integrate drones into the NAS (national airspace).  His work at NASA on UTM (the NASA’s low-altitude air traffic management research for unmanned aerial systems) is going to be a critical component to this effort, so we reached out to our friends at NASA to ask a few questions and learn more.  What follows is our interview with a NASA Spokesperson about this work.

Jun 4, 2015 10:15:58 AM

Topics: Control Systems

PrecisionHawk joins NASA collaboration to develop tools for UAS traffic management system for low-altitude drone operations

Precision Hawk, a manufacturer of UAVs and cloud-based software to collect, manage and analyze aerial data across civilian applications, today announced that they will join the NASA collaboration to build a traffic management system for drones. In January, PrecisionHawk launched the working prototype for a 'Low Altitude Tracking and Avoidance System', otherwise known as LATAS, to serve as a solution for the safe integration of drones into the National Airspace. By bringing this operational tracking system to the conversation, PrecisionHawk will have the ability to outfit every UAV platform, commercial or hobbyist, with the technology to send real time flight data transmission based on world-wide cellular networks.

Mar 25, 2015 10:12:48 AM

Topics: Startups and Partnerships, Control Systems

Exelis Takes First Steps Toward Highway for Drones

Aerospace company Exelis provided a preview of its a low-altitude surveillance system to Reuters yesterday. The system will be fully integrated with the data on manned aircraft that Exelis currently supplies to FAA eliminating the concern for collision with commuter air traffic.

Mar 11, 2015 12:21:44 PM

Topics: Control Systems

MotionDSP Delivers Computer Vision Software to Top Drone / Unmanned Aircraft Systems Research Universities

MotionDSP, a leading provider of image processing and computer vision software, announced it is proactively collaborating with several key unmanned aircraft systems (UASes) research sites in the United States to discover ways to tackle critical issues facing the oil and gas, agriculture, health and wildlife, law enforcement, and search and rescue sectors. Partnering with several universities, MotionDSP is providing advanced software combined with expert analyst training to help uncover new perspectives using video.

Feb 12, 2015 10:18:00 AM

Topics: Software, Control Systems

Drone Crash Avoidance Systems Make a Splash at CES

Every drone owner wants to fly more and crash less. At CES this year, the new set of drones about to hit the commercial market promise to make that a reality. Purchasing a drone with a crash-avoidance system sounds like it would break the bank, but a few manufacturers have products poised to crush that expectation. These detection systems will give the next generation of drones previously unthought-of abilities, like navigating a maze without human assistance.

Jan 7, 2015 3:47:00 PM

Topics: Control Systems