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ANSI Standardization Roadmap for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Released for Comment

Thursday, October 4, 2018 15:58

The American National Standards Institute's (ANSI) Unmanned Aircraft Systems Standardization Collaborative (UASSC) has released a working draft of a standardization roadmap for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for comment.

The UASSC's mission is to coordinate and accelerate the development of the standards and conformity assessment programs needed to facilitate the safe integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) – commonly known as drones – into the United States' national airspace system (NAS).

The 218-page document represents the culmination of the UASSC’s work to identify existing standards and standards in development, assess gaps, and make recommendations for priority areas where there is a perceived need for additional standardization and/or pre-standardization R&D.

The roadmap identifies a total of 57 gaps and corresponding recommendations across many topical areas including, but not limited to: 

  • Airworthiness including UAS design and construction, software dependability, electronic systems, mitigation standards for various hazards, parachutes for small UAS (sUAS), and maintenance; 
  • Flight operations such as risk management, operations over people, beyond visual line of sight, and traffic management; 
  • Flight operations for vertical structure inspections, horizontal structure inspections; 
  • Public safety including operations, forensic investigations, search and rescue, and tactical operations; 
  • Personal training, qualifications, and certification standards.

The document also provides information on what standards have been published or are under development by 29 government agencies, standards development organizations, and select industry stakeholders.  

It is a very enlightening document with references to valuable resources.  The roadmap is open for public comment until the close of business on October 29, 2018.  Visit the UASSC site for more information.