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User Guide for Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Operations on the National Ranges

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Technical Report

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Range Commanders Council White Sands Missile Range United States

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This document represents the collaborative effort to develop and define a common set of guidelines for unmanned aircraft system operations and to assist range users in obtaining approval to conduct UAS operations on the National Ranges. The information contained herein addresses general policy regarding operations, airspace, range safety, and frequency management. The goal of this document is to guide the range user through the process to bring a UAS program onto a range. The operation of UAS programs on the National Ranges and their integration into day-to-day operations present many unique challenges to customers and range operators. While specific technical requirements may vary from range to range, many aspects of UAS operations are common. The guidelines in this document are intended for use by customers of the DoD ranges of the MRTFB. The guidelines provide the range customer with general information regarding national policy, Range Commanders Council RCC standards, and other areas of consideration related to UAS operations. It is important to remember that each range operates as an individual entity with unique processes and procedures designed for specific missions. Therefore, some of the information provided herein may not apply at all ranges.

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  • Pilotless Aircraft
  • Military Aircraft Operations

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