Editor’s note: This project has concluded. This content is being kept online for historical purposes, but is no longer being updated. The UAS Traffic Management (UTM) project conducted research to make it possible for small unmanned aircraft systems, commonly known as “drones,” to safely access low-altitude airspace beyond visual line of sight. The project’s focus was a series of field demonstrations that included partners from the Federal Aviation Administration, industry and academia, and that tested technologies for an eventual traffic management system.
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
Read the stories that tell about NASA's work in the UAS Traffic Management (UTM) Project.
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UAS Traffic Management (UTM) Videos
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NASA partnered with the FAA and industry to coordinate the UTM initiative.
UTM Project Technical Interchange Meeting (TIM)
A one-day Technical Interchange Meeting (TIM) was held on February 23, 2021 to provide an opportunity to share insights into the research conducted, lessons learned, and next steps toward the future of UTM.
Past ARMD Projects
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