Editor’s note: The UAS in the NAS project was concluded in September 2020. This material is being kept online for historical purposes, but it will no longer be updated as of May 5, 2021. The Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the National Airspace System (NAS) project provided research findings to reduce technical barriers associated with integrating Unmanned Aircraft Systems into the National Airspace System utilizing integrated system level tests in a relevant environment.
A Story for Axel: Big Ideas for Better Air Mobility with Drones of all Sizes
In this essay from 2021 — which was originally presented as a three-part web feature — NASA Aeronautics’ senior writer Jim Banke tells his newborn grandson, Axel, the story of how two recently concluded major air traffic management research projects by NASA will help achieve a long-held vision for the future of aviation.
As NASA Aeronautics senior writer Jim Banke tells his grandson, Axel, about two recently concluded research projects involving drones large and small, Axel appears to be imagining what the major elements of that future as told to him by his grandpa might be.
NASA/ Jim Banke, Lillian Gipson
UAS in the NAS
Read the stories that tell about NASA's work in the UAS in the NAS Project.