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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.

About the Author

Matt Leonard is a reporter/producer at GCN.

Before joining GCN, Leonard worked as a local reporter for The Smithfield Times in southeastern Virginia. In his time there he wrote about town council meetings, local crime and what to do if a beaver dam floods your back yard. Over the last few years, he has spent time at The Commonwealth Times, The Denver Post and WTVR-CBS 6. He is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, where he received the faculty award for print and online journalism.

Leonard can be contacted at mleonard@gcn.com or follow him on Twitter @Matt_Lnrd.

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