Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Integration into the NAS

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX10CC18P
Agency Tracking Number: 095179
Amount: $99,831.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: A3.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Metron Aviation, Inc.
45300 Catalina Court, Suite 101, Dulles, VA, 20166-2335
DUNS: 118463475
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robert Hoffman
 Principal Investigator
 (703) 234-0760
 hoffman@metronaviation.com
Business Contact
 Bruno Salamon
Title: Business Official
Phone: (703) 234-0819
Email: salamon@metronaviation.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Technological innovations have enabled a wide range of aerial vehicles that can be remotely operated. Viable applications include military missions, law enforcement, border patrol, weather data collection, telecommunications, land use imaging, and cargo transport. NASA and other organizations have invested heavily in this unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) research. UAVs can be flown in the National Airspace System (NAS) today, but only with special permission from the FAA – a process that often takes 60 to 90 days. Moreover, permission is often contingent on heavy restrictions, such as accompanying the UAV with a manned chase plane, thereby nullifying the cost savings of a UAV. Full fruition of UAV technology will require incorporation of UAVs into mainstream air traffic management (ATM) practices, including traffic flow management flow control programs and possible creation of special use airspace (SUA). In this SBIR, we propose a UAV-to-traffic flow management (UAV-TFM) interface. This allows traffic managers to anticipate and track UAVs. In turn, this allows UAV operators to understand the their impact on commercial air traffic and their involvement in traffic management activities.

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