Open Framework Standards for Combined Aircraft Sensor Network for the State of Ohio to Detect and Track Lower Altitude Aircraft

Since 2013, the Ohio Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Center has managed and performed all unmanned aircraft operations for the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT). The UAS Center also serves as a shared resource to local and state agencies for flight operations and UAS program development. In addition, the UAS Center manages innovative initiatives focused on enabling the lower altitude airspace and integration of unmanned and autonomous aircraft technologies into the National Airspace System (NAS). Several initiatives have been undertaken and more are being proposed to support activities involving the safe movement of people and products in the NAS. The aircraft performing these UAS activities range from small unmanned or remotely piloted aircraft to larger piloted, optionally piloted, remotely piloted to fully unmanned aircraft. Currently there is a variety of equipment, data configurations and such being utilized throughout the nation in the field of UAS technology. This field is continually evolving with the development and deployment of new technologies. As a result, it can be difficult for local, state and federal agencies to share critical information to maintain the safety of the lower altitude airspace. As the lower altitude airspace is utilized by more businesses and agencies and the deployment of UAS increases, the need to detect and manage aircraft in the lower altitude airspace is amplified. To streamline the sharing of data and ensure a safe environment in the lower altitude airspace research is needed. The goal of this research is to create a comprehensive framework for all low altitude airborne sensor data (including local, state and federal entities) to be combined into a centralized clearinghouse. This data would be and managed through a statewide low altitude air traffic monitoring center and accessible to all parties thereby enhancing the safety and security for all low altitude aircraft in Ohio. This research will help determine a minimum standard for radars and data to allow Ohio to a develop a comprehensive system for lower altitude aircraft. It will streamline efficiencies in this field statewide and continue to keep Ohio at the forefront of this industry.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $671901
  • Contract Numbers:




  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Ohio Department of Transportation

    Research Program
    1980 West Broad Street
    Columbus, OH  United States  43223
  • Project Managers:

    Martindale, Jill

  • Performing Organizations:

    CAL Analytics, LLC

    4031 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Ste 300
    Beavercreek, Ohio  United States  45431
  • Principal Investigators:

    Calhoun , Sean

  • Start Date: 20210908
  • Expected Completion Date: 20230708
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01781080
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Ohio Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 36496, 136337, 114242
  • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 1 2021 9:58AM