Lockheed develops UAS traffic management system

3 August 2015 (Last Updated August 3rd, 2015 18:30)

Lockheed Martin has developed an unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) traffic management (UTM) system that will help drone operators and pilots to be aware of each other’s location.

Lockheed Martin has developed an unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) traffic management (UTM) system that will help drone operators and pilots to be aware of each other's location.

The company's online Flight Service Pilot Web inputs flight plan-related information directly to the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) National Airspace System (NAS) and will help UAS operators report their operating areas.

The UAS operators and pilots will be able to access the system through Lockheed'sFlight Service Pilot Portal.

"We look forward to partnering with UAS operators and manufacturers to help create a system that supports the safe coexistence of manned and unmanned flight."

Lockheed Martin' transportation and financial solutions business vice-president Paul Engola said: "Our objective is an open, standards-based system that individual operators and other private UTM systems can use to interact seamlessly and securely with the NAS.

"We look forward to partnering with UAS operators and manufacturers to help create a system that supports the safe coexistence of manned and unmanned flight."

The company is also collaborating with other stakeholders including the Nasa UTM research project through a Space Act information sharing agreement for developing software interfaces that allow UAS ground control stations and other UTM platforms to interact directly with the UTM system.

The company is working on beyond line-of-sight UAS operations by employing ground-based detect and avoid capabilities.

The UTM system comes at a time when drones are increasingly being operated in restricted areas.

This week, the FAA has issued a warning regarding the possible use of unmanned aircraft for attacks following the sighting of three drones close to aircraft landing at New York's John F Kennedy airport.

Recently, a Lufthansa aircraft approaching Poland's Warsaw international airport almost collided with a drone.