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Making the Skies Safe for Unmanned Aircraft

Making the Skies Safe for Unmanned Aircraft

Unmanned
Aircraft Systems (commonly known as UAS or drones) are typically a smaller
aircraft that fly without an onboard pilot. Currently used for research, testing,
and aerial-visual purposes, these vehicles could one day carry cargo, or even
passengers, through countryside and city landscapes.

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UAS are a key component of our Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration in the National Aairspace
Ssystem (UAS in the NAS) project. Our research will
help develop the rules so that unmanned aircraft can safely coexist with manned
aircraft in the national airspace.

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We
collaborate with private companies, like Navmar Applied Science Corporation
(NASC), to research and test aerodynamically efficient UAS. We also work with
government agencies like the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to conduct
research that will contribute to setting standards and certifications.

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We
are leading the nation to open a new era in air transportation called Advanced Air Mobility
(AAM). AAM will enable safe, sustainable, affordable, and
accessible aviation that moves people and cargo between places using a transformed air transportation
system and revolutionary new aircraft.

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With
new cost-and-fuel efficient aircraft and technologies becoming available, UAS
will provide substantial benefit to U.S. industry and the public. Such benefits
include air-lifted organ transplant deliveries that arrive more quickly and safely than ever before; and search and rescue missions performed with
increased speed and accuracy.

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There
are other benefits too, like pizza being air- dropped to your front door, and
less package delivery trucks on the road. The burgeoning landscape of AAM holds
many potentials – and it’s our job to help safely and sustainably map out and
navigate what that future landscape looks like.

Want to learn the many ways that NASA
is with you when you fly? Visit https://www.nasa.gov/aeronautics.

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