Small UAS Detect and Avoid Requirements Necessary for Limited Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) Operations

The FAA's proposed small UAS rules say that operators must be able to see their UAS at all times when flying. This means UAS can only fly a few miles from their operators, restricting their usefulness. NMSU and UND are researching methods to make it safe to fly UAS even when the operator can't see their UAS. The research will provide the FAA an operational framework for BVLOS operations, recommendation for the minimum operating standards for detect-and-avoid systems, and the proposed operating rules, limitations and guidelines all to help the FAA decide when it's safe to allow commercial UAS to fly beyond the line-of-sight of their operators.


    • English


    • Status: Completed
    • Funding: $799992
    • Contract Numbers:



    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Federal Aviation Administration

      800 Independence Avenue, SW
      Washington, DC  United States  20591
    • Managing Organizations:

      Mississippi State University

      Mississippi State, MS  United States  39762
    • Project Managers:

      Saunders-Hodge, Sabrina

    • Performing Organizations:

      University of North Dakota

      Grand Forks, ND  United States 

      Regents of New Mexico State University

      Las Cruces, NM  United States 
    • Principal Investigators:

      Askelson, Mark

      Cathey, Henry

      Brooks, Dallas

    • Start Date: 20151001
    • Expected Completion Date: 20170331
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: Centers of Excellence

    Subject/Index Terms

    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01589848
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE)
    • Contract Numbers: 15-C-UAS-UND-01, 15-C-UAS-NMSU-01
    • Files: RIP, USDOT
    • Created Date: Feb 4 2016 3:40PM