By Staff Writer | August 4, 2015
Lockheed Martin on Aug. 3 deployed the first components of a UAS traffic management (UTM) system that the company hopes will increase situational awareness between manned and unmanned aircraft. UAS operators can now access the company’s online Flight Service Pilot Web, which already allows pilots to feed flight plan information directly to the FAA’s National Airspace System. Alongside several industry stakeholders, the company also is developing a number of capabilities. Among them are standards-based software interfaces that allow UAS ground control stations and other UAS traffic management platforms to interact directly with Lockheed Martin’s system, the monitoring of UAS to determine if they remain in their intended operating area, and the notification of ATC when unmanned aircraft encroach on controlled airspace. Other developments include the support of beyond line-of-sight UAS operations through ground-based detect-and-avoid capabilities.