Many more UASs (Unmanned Aircraft) are taking to the skies, not only for recreational use but for the ever-expanding commercial sector.
Along with that expansion comes the potential for airborne conflicts and increased risk scenarios with BVLOS operations. NASA developed and patented the concept and design for Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) in conjunction with the FAA.
We have licensed the patent and are utilizing that design to craft an enhanced version by adding capabilities they envisioned such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, and some they have not. This becomes one piece of our FLITE Core™ Flight Management system.
This UTM capability we are developing is being integrated into a product we have named “FLITE Core™”, a SaaS Cloud-based system.
Our system utilizes artificial intelligence and machine learning for flight planning and flight operations to eliminate risk from BVLOS flights. AI can autonomously mitigate risk scenarios without pilot intervention (POOL™–Pilot out of the loop)
In 2020 an FAA regulation went into effect making it mandatory for manned aircraft to install ADS-B in their aircraft if they fly in controlled airspace. This technology provides air to ground and air to air data communication which pilots can see other air traffic in their vicinity. Additionally, it can provide Warnings if the system they have on board is capable of that function. One such system is the Garmin G1000, an extremely expensive electronic flight deck.
The picture on the left shows you what a pilot sees when there is other air traffic near their aircraft.
The Cloud-based system we are developing will provide the pilot operating a UAS and authorized personnel that are logged into the “Flite Core™” a layer with real-time manned and unmanned traffic.
Our AI can mitigate a traffic conflict without pilot intervention.
In early 2020, the FAA solicited comments for development of an Remote (RID) system to serve multiple purposes. First, the intent was to define a frequency to be used by UAS aircraftfor transmitting a signal to ground stations, and eventually to other UASs of their FAA Registration number, UAS type, and other information.
This would then provide UASs with a solution similar to the manned aviation ADS-B technology and usage.
Another use is for National Security, in that law enforcement can track and find operators who are using UASs for malicious purposes. There has been a lot of pushback by the general public with regard to this last usage.
Overall, RID will make the skies safer for everyone.
Once this technology is defined, we will be integrating this traffic feed into our Cloud and flight controller systems.