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KS to participate in national Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program

11 May 2018
KS to participate in national Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program

In the months ahead, Memphis will increase its stature as a center for this cutting-edge technology and will advance the integration of unmanned aerial systems into the national airspace.

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) - member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and co-chair of the Senate Aerospace Caucus - applauded the Department of Transportation's (DOT) announcement.

Lee County Mosquito Control District in Ft. Myers, Fla.; and the Memphis airport. Also including North Carolina's Department of Transportation.

FedEx ranks No. 2 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest North American for-hire carriers.

University of Alaska-Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Alaska. Specific areas of study include night operations, flights beyond the pilot's line of sight, package delivery, detect-and-avoid technologies, and the reliability and security of data links between pilot and aircraft.

The project in San Diego is being run out of the city's homeland security office, but has multiple partners including local universities and industry, according to the San Diego Regional Economic Development Council. Its responsibilities will include package delivery, disaster response, agricultural surveying, herd management and nuclear power plant inspection. The project plans to test 5G test networks, the 4G LTE cellular network and AT&T's FirstNet, the new national broadband public safety network.

A Memphis Airport Authority official told Reuters that it had also been picked and that FedEx Corp is a partner that will use drones for inspection of aircraft at its hub in Tennessee as well as parts deliveries for aircraft and some package deliveries between the airport and other Memphis locations.

The city will operate drones within airspace including the Liberty Bowl.

Bradbury said there is no direct federal funding for the test program. The agency will work with the state's drone test site, along with local, state and tribal governments and companies like CNN, Airbus and Xcel Energy.

Their mission is "to connect and celebrate the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Fargo-Moorhead by operating a wide variety of events and initiatives, such as Drone Focus " which is May 30-31 in Fargo, North Dakota.

Reno will be testing the delivery of medical supplies and will build up infrastructure including radar and weather data to help facilitate these operations.

"We look forward to working with communities in Virginia to better understand how our drone delivery could be useful in their everyday lives".

The Federal Aviation Administration and Department of Transportation received 149 proposals for the Drone Integration Pilot Program, which is a 3 year program to accelerate the safe integration of drones into the national airspace.

Mark Blanks, the director of the Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership, which will manage day-to-day operations of the project in Virginia, said this is just the beginning for drone implementation and these projects will help ensure drone development is done right.

The startup will have to hire more people, ramp up its testing and add more features to its drones - all of which will require more money, and Flirtey will complete another financing round this year, Siegel said.