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Integrating Expanded and Non-Segregated UAS Operations into the NAS – Impact on Traffic Trends and Safety

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Integrating Expanded and Non-Segregated UAS Operations into the NAS – Impact on Traffic Trends and Safety photo


This research will provide further insight into the safe integration of sUAS through the forecasting of expanded and non-segregated sUAS operations. The ASSURE research team will collect data to inform the FAA on risk-based methodologies to develop and apply safety rules, regulations and revised Safety Management System (SMS) protocols based on forecasted UAS operational needs and performance characteristics.

The research supports two critical components of the UAS Integration Research Plan:

  • Expanded Operations – Operations Over People (OOP)
  • Non-Segregated Operations – Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS)
These two components are anticipated to enable future UAS operations in controlled airspace with manned aircraft at varying altitudes and utilizing instrument flight rules within the National Airspace System. The ASSURE team will develop a quantitative framework for risk-based decision-making and waiver approvals to meet the growing operational needs and technological evolution of UAS.

Project Lead
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Philip Smith
Faculty Emeritus
Integrated Systems Engineering-Baker Systems Engineering