For immediate release: May 5, 2015
RENO, Nev. – The University of Nevada, Reno is one of a handful of organizations participating in the first phase of the NASA Ames Unmanned Aerial Systems Traffic Management project.
The project aims to develop infrastructure to enable safer use of low-altitude airspace where UAS, helicopters, gliders and other general aircraft are operating.
The University is working with Flirtey, the world’s first drone delivery service, and Drone America, one of the world’s top providers of unmanned autonomous vehicles. Flirtey and Drone America will be flying their delivery drone platforms at NASA’s UTM test in August, and together helping to pioneer safe drone delivery and humanitarian applications of drones across the country.
The University is developing the software that will serve as the “bridge” between a UAS vehicle and NASA’s traffic management system to navigate autonomously in a system that includes airspace design, corridors, dynamic geofencing, severe weather and wind avoidance, congestion management, terrain avoidance, route planning and re-routing. The Nevada Advanced Autonomous Systems Innovation Center is coordinating the industry/University partnership and will be working with Flirtey and Drone America in the coming months to test this software in Nevada and California. In California the tests will happen officially under NASA’s supervision at a location over which they have airspace management authority.
The NASA project with the University will be managed under a Space Act agreement.
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Note: The University of Nevada, Reno and Drone America have two shared booth spaces at AUVSI, 449 and 651. Flirtey is also an exhibitor at the conference. Matt Sweeny, CEO of Flirtey; Warren Rapp, director of NAASIC; and Drone America officials are available for comment.
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