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Airspace Safety Through Collaboration: NASA TCL4 Trials

As the drone industry evolves to serve increasingly advanced use cases like autonomous delivery, disaster recovery, and infrastructure inspection, solutions for drone traffic management (known as UTM) must also evolve to manage the increased complexity of multiple drone flights taking place concurrently within the same airspace.

Solving for this complexity is essential to AirMap’s mission of empowering the drone economy with cutting-edge airspace intelligence solutions. In summer 2019, AirMap participated in numerous trials across the United States that directly addressed this challenge, including the U.S. Department of Transportation’s UAS Integration Pilot Program, the Federal Aviation Administration’s UTM Pilot Program, and New York State’s NUAIR Alliance.

NASA TCL4 Trials

One such demonstration is the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)’s TCL4 trials. TCL4 represents the final phase of a four-part, multi-year NASA project dedicated to researching, testing, and refining core technologies for UTM.

For the TCL4 trials, AirMap has partnered with other UAS Service Suppliers (USS) at the Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence & Innovation test site in Corpus Christi, TX, and the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems test site in Reno, NV, to test interactions among concurrent drone operations utilizing various USS within a shared airspace volume.

During the trials to date, AirMap has been able to demonstrate several safety capabilities essential to unlocking future advanced drone operations, including strategic and tactical deconfliction, off-nominal reporting, prioritization of authority operations, contingency plans, and UAS volume reservation (UVR).

The AirMap UTM Platform provided simulation support for Nevada’s tests in June 2019, and will support live demonstration flights in Texas in mid-August 2019.

Learn more about the technical capabilities demonstrated by TCL4 trial testing by reading the full report through the link below.

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