Technologies for Integration of Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (s-UAS) in National Airspace System

Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) have traditionally been used for military applications for a number of years. Recently, UAS, particularly small UAS (s-UAS), have generated a lot of interest due to their potential to revolutionize some of the applications in civilian domains such as emergency management, law enforcement, infrastructure inspection, precision agriculture, package delivery, and imaging/surveillance. However, before the use of UAS becomes a reality in civilian domains, the challenges emanating from safe and reliable integration of UAS in the National Airspace System (NAS) are extremely critical to be solved. Given the fact that there are several potential applications of UAVs, and the inexpensive nature of these UAS, particularly s-UAS, it is anticipated that, once allowed by government regulation, there will be an extremely large number of UAVs flying in the much crowded airspace. This presents several challenges in safe operation of UAS in terms of management of their traffic so that the required separation is maintained between manned and unmanned aircraft and other stationary ground obstacles. Several new architectures and potential solutions for Unmanned Systems Traffic Management (UTM) have been in proposed recently. Even though a lot of effort has been spent by both government and industry, development of an efficient and robust solution for UAS integration into NAS has been proved to be evasive. The goal of this student study project is to systematically study the recent advances, identify potential issues, and propose new solutions focusing on two aspects of UAS integration in NAS: "Sense and Avoid" and "Unmanned Systems Traffic Management (UTM)".


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  • Status: Active
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  • 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:

    Lucas, Michelle

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Cincinatti

    Cincinatti, OH
    , OH  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Kumar, Manish

  • Start Date: 20170713
  • Expected Completion Date: 20180713
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01641385
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Ohio Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 30267, 135503, 104954
  • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 21 2017 12:19PM