Frequentis’ LIS in NASA UAS test
Frequentis' Location Information Service (LIS) provided situational awareness for ground control stations during NASA’s latest UAS Traffic Management (UTM) flight tests in Nevada, the company announced on 17 January.
The tests were carried out with a number of teams flying UAS beyond line-of-sight (LOS) to test the planning, tracking and alerting capabilities of NASA’s UTM platform.
Frequentis teamed with Drone Co-Habitation Services (DCS), with its LIS providing accurate geo-location and telemetry data received from DCS' UAS. The LIS service read the data, transformed it into structured messages, and submitted it for processing to the central UTM service operated by NASA’s Ames Research Center.
Frequentis is involved in a number of research activities aimed at integrating small UAS safely into the airspace. Currently small UAS are only permitted in uncontrolled airspace within visual LOS at altitudes that exempt them from air traffic management services, which raises safety concerns for Air Navigation Service Providers.
Hannu Juurakko, vice president ATM Civil at Frequentis, said: ‘Drones are causing a major disruption in today’s air traffic management systems. We see many new stakeholders that would like to fly in controlled and uncontrolled airspace. As a leading provider of advanced ATM solutions, Frequentis is contributing to the development of new concepts for UAS traffic management.’
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