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Shielded UAS Operations

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Certain small UAS (sUAS) Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations, such as structural inspection, might be located near structures that are collision hazards for manned aircraft. "Shielded Operations" are the types of operations that are stationed close to manned aviation flight obstacles to provide significant protection from conflicts and collisions with maimed aircraft. This work effort is intended to identify risks and recommend solutions to the FAA that enable shielded UAS operations. This effort will identify risks, determine whether shielded operations can be made safe, asvertain the degree UAS Detect and Avoid requirements can be reduced, and recommend UAS standoff distances from manned aviation flight obstacles.

Project Lead
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Mark Askelson
Exec. Director | Res. Inst. for Autonomous Systems (RIAS)
Associate Dean of Research | John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences