Project begins for assimilating UAVs in NAS

 - October 2, 2007, 11:04 AM

A four-year, NASA-led project began last month to determine the requirements and procedures for safely integrating the operation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) into the National Airspace System. First-year funding of about $8.4 million will be used primarily for detailed planning and validation of requirements for UAVs to fly above FL400, where many business jets operate. Said project manager Jeff Bauer, “As we gain experience, we intend to expand our focus to UAVs that routinely fly above 18,000 feet.” The $108 million project includes six firms developing civil and military UAVs.