Feature Article: Safely Integrating Our Airspace in the Age of Drones


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Feature Article: Safely Integrating Our Airspace in the Age of Drones


When you think of a story about federal agencies joining forces, “feel good” might not necessarily be the descriptor you’d reach for. But, in this case, we at the​ Science and Technology Directorate​ (S&T) think we’re onto something.

We have a story to tell that includes cool technology and the best minds in government research and development coming together to keep our country, and the skies above it, safe.

We are all familiar with drones, or as they are more formally called, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). They are becoming more and more ubiquitous, and are being used for everything from backyard fun to military operations. Relatively inexpensive, small, and easy to deploy, they can be controlled with a specialized remote control, an app on your phone, or they may be programmed to autonomously follow a predetermined mission. And, as the technologies for UAS continues to improve, so has the potential for them to be used in illegal and dangerous ways.

In order to deal with these emerging threats, novel and innovative technologies need to be researched, developed, tested, and deployed—which is why S&T launched two unique efforts related to​ UAS Traffic Management​ (UTM) and​ Air Domain Awareness​ (ADA).

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