"What Are the Challenges and Payoffs for UAS to Operate in the National Airspace?” by David Barstow. Printed in the Spring 2014 issue of Air Traffic Control. Posted with permission from the Air Traffic Control Association; first published in The Journal of Air Traffic Control.
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Volpe has delivered critical assistance to the U.S. Air Force in a series of upgrades to air traffic control facilities and landing systems at military air bases across the U.S. and throughout the world. These systems improve voice communications and merge multiple radar inputs while tracking and displaying weather conditions to the air traffic controller.
The primary safety concern with unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) is the inability of remote operators to “see and avoid” other aircraft. Volpe has worked with the U.S. Air Force to develop and deploy a low-cost automated solution that is helping accelerate the safe integration of drones into the national airspace.