Unmanned Aircraft Traffic Management Solutions for the State of Ohio

Unmanned aircraft, non-human piloted or remotely piloted aircraft continue to advance in the US and around the world. The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has already started to invest in the tools and expertise to provide cutting edge services like Ohio's Ground Based Detect and Avoid System (GBDAA) located in Springfield, Ohio to support this emerging technology. ODOT has full time staff dedicated to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations called the Ohio/Indiana UAS Center (UASC). As this technology advances it is clear that UAS services will become more important to the economy and as the technology evolves beyond small to larger unmanned aircraft they will begin to provide even more enhanced capabilities for data collection and to provide services like freight/package delivery, human transport or for agricultural operations like seeding and spraying. The results of this study will be used to provide tools for the testing and research of UAS in order to guide Ohio's future investments to support this revolution of technological advancements relating to low altitude unpiloted/remotely piloted UAS. This research supports ODOT in many ways. By informing the management of future trends and technologies it will improve overall efficiency and increase safety through better resource allocation. With this information ODOT can expand transportation modes providing ease of access and mobility choices to customers. Also, through this effort ODOT will have better information to create alternative transportation methods to improve transportation system reliability, increase system resiliency, and improve highway capacity in critical corridors. By adopting new technologies ODOT continues to maintain Ohio's lead in innovative transportation practices. This research will help to attract companies to Ohio to create a positive economic impact. Finally, through research like this ODOT will safeguard against future disruptive technologic advancements through proactive policies and investments early on in the adoption lifecycles. The goal of this research is to provide tools for the testing and research of UAS in order to guide Ohio's future investments to support this revolution of technological advancements relating to low altitude unpiloted/remotely piloted UAS.

Project

  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $5949692
  • Contract Numbers:

    32373

    107306

    135768

  • 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:

    Ohio State University

    Columbus, OH  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Gregory, James

  • Start Date: 20180724
  • Expected Completion Date: 20210724
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01675955
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Ohio Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 32373, 107306, 135768
  • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 24 2018 10:20AM