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NASA approves three new drone studies

NASA has approved three new research projects aimed at improving the technology used in drones and the systems used to monitor them.

NASA’s Convergent Aeronautics Solutions program, which aims to develop ambitious and transformative aviation technology, announced the three feasibility studies on June 5.  

One team will be exploring algorithms that can enable machine-learning-based aviation so that autonomous systems might be certified for flight. Another will look at at ways drones can do their own preflight checks for both mechanical problems or software hacks.  And the third will be studying whether quantum computing can help build a “secure and jam-free network capable of accommodating hundreds of thousands of drones flying each day.”

Each of the projects are expected to take between 24 and 30 months to complete.

The announcement comes as NASA is working with the Federal Aviation Administration on testing air traffic control technology for drones.

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Matt Leonard is a former reporter for GCN.

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