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NASA Ames Research Center (ARC), is requesting information from interested parties for the following: NASAs Safe Autonomous Systems Operations (SASO) Project seeks to identify U.S.-based public, private, and academic organizations to collaborate with NASA to conduct Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) and UAS Traffic Management (UTM) research and development with the collective goal of safely enabling these operations at lower altitudes by UTM system. The collaboration will involve a series of UTM builds with evolving complexity. This notice also solicits interested parties' questions, comments, suggestions, clarifications, and any data that would help the agency prepare for such collaboration. There will be no funds exchanged between NASA and collaborating parties.

Potential collaborators who may consider responding include:

UAS manufacturers, Personal aircraft vehicle manufacturers, UAS avionics and middleware industry representatives, UAS operators: Cargo Delivery, Precision Agriculture, and others UAS start up and mature companies, Software companies supporting UAS operations, Sensor manufacturers, Communication/navigation/surveillance providers, System integrators, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) UAS test sites, Universities, academicians, researchers, Satellite communication, surveillance, tracking systems industry, System integrators, UAS Mission planning software systems, Ground station system developers, and Others who have capabilities to enable low altitude airspace operations.

The final product of these tests will result in a working prototype UTM system and documentation of results that demonstrate how the low-altitude airspace and UAS operations could be safely enabled for the entire stakeholder community and national benefit.


The goals of the NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD) include enabling low-altitude airspace and UAS operations. Stakeholders at the UTM workshop held in February 2014 discussed the need for airspace management system automation, procedures, rules, and regulations to safely enable low-altitude airspace and UAS operations. NASAs research and development activity, UTM, addresses this critical gap.

For the purposes of this document, UTM is focused on low-altitude (AGL 2000 feet and below) in Class G airspace.

ARMDs Airspace Operations and Systems Program plans to conduct simulations and field tests of increasingly sophisticated UTM builds to enable diverse vehicles, operations, and scenarios/missions at these altitudes. This research will require collaborating with many entities such as manufacturers; operators that include retailors, search and rescue, firefighting, science, academia, etc.; communication, navigation, and surveillance system designers, airspace system developers, system integrators, FAA, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), FAA test sites, etc.


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