Funded Research

Funding: $800K
A-2 Small UAS DAA Requirements for BVLOS Operations
The FAA's proposed small UAS rules say that operators must be able to see their UAS at all times when flying. This means UAS can only fly a few miles from their operators, restricting their usefulness. NMSU and UND are researching methods to make it safe to fly UAS even when the operator can't see their UAS. The research will help the FAA decide when it's safe to allow commercial UAS to fly beyond the line-of-sight of their operators.

Proposed Research

W23: Flight Data Monitoring for DAA, $235K

W22: ADS-B, Active+passive Sensor Detection, $102K

W34: DO-178 Certification of GBSAA/ABSAA Algorithms, $665K

W35: Safety Assessments of Distributed DAA Systems, $750K

W50: Definition of Radar Requirements for UAS Detect & Avoid, $350K

ASSURE DAA Advantages

UAS Flight Test Experience - UND and NMSU are core to two FAA UAS test sites
Top Notch Simulators - UND's Air Traffic Control Center can run 16 simultaneous ATC scenarios with up to 800 simulated aircraft, 1,500 flight plans per hour with 12 FAA Level-3 certified simulators
Teaming Experience - UND and NMSU have researched DAA with NASA, General Atomics, Northrup, USAF, BNSF rail, Textron, Lockheed, DOE, and DHS.