Request for Information DAA

Request for Information on Key Safety Considerations for Integrating Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) in to the Low-Altitude Aviation Environment and Potential Detect and Avoid Approaches and Technology

The FAA Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Center of Excellence (COE) is a consortium of 22 of the leading aviation research universities in the US, Canada and the UK. This consortium, known as the Alliance for Systems Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE), is tasked by the FAA to "perform research to assist the FAA and the UAS community to integrate unmanned aircraft into the NAS," and to help resolve the FAA's need "to identify and develop criteria and standards required for the civil certification and regulations of UAS pilots, equipment and operations."

In September of 2015, ASSURE core universities New Mexico State University (NMSU) and the University of North Dakota (UND) were tasked by the FAA to research the detect-and-avoid (DAA) requirements necessary for limited beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) sUAS operations. This research requires accurate and verifiable data on current unmanned aviation operations conducted routinely at low-altitudes. This research also requires data, models, and evaluation methodologies for assessing sUAS collision risk with other current and proposed aviation operations conducted at low-altitudes. sUAS collision risk data will be focused on unmanned aviation operations.

The NMSU and UND team is looking to gather use case information and information on Detect and Avoid approaches and technologies. Please click here to download the RFI in its entirety.
This is a Request for Information only and does not constitute a commitment, implied or otherwise, that the Government will take procurement action in this matter. Further, the Government will not be responsible for any cost incurred in furnishing this information.
For more information please contact:

Henry M. Cathey, Jr.
Deputy Director, Physical Science Laboratory
New Mexico State University
Mark Askelson
Professor, UND Aerospace
University of North Dakota