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FAA to convene two-day discussion on multiple-drone operation

The Federal Aviation Administration wants to convene experts and explore research on multiple-unmanned aircraft systems operations as the agency works to prepare for an increasingly crowded national airspace. 

A June 7 request for information from the agency outlines a plan for a two-day meeting of various stakeholders in the drone industry and academia to help the FAA address the “technological, human factors, and policy barriers to [UAS] operations.”

The gathering will take place on Sept. 18-19 and will focus on the usage, challenges and utility of multiple-UAS operations. According to the RFI, the agency is particularly interested in research and discussion on control station designs, preplanned UAS actions and “detect and avoid” features for formation flight.

Such input should help the FAA as it develops regulations on commercial and surveillance usage of multiple-UAS technology. The Sept. 19 event and the research that is dicussed there will inform the UAS Science and Research Panel and its recommendations to conduct multiple-UAS operations in the U.S. airspace.

The RFI is intended to identify interested attendees. It calls for a profile of the submitter and a brief summary of the research project being proposed.  Only those who repond to the RFI will invited to the September event, the FAA said, and the deadline for those submissions is July 13.

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Caroline Mohan is an editorial intern for FCW and GCN. She can be reached at [email protected].


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