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NextGen UAS Research, Development and Demonstration Roadmap. Version 1.0
JOINT PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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This is the first report of progress in producing a NextGen Unmanned Aircraft Systems Research, Development and Demonstration Roadmap NextGen UAS RDD Roadmap. The activity was established to enable a responsive, efficient, timely, coordinated multiagency Research and Development RD effort that will enable the U.S. to realize fully the benefits of Unmanned Aircraft Systems UAS in the National Airspace System NAS. The use of UAS dates from the earliest days of flight. UAS today play an increasing role in many public missions such as border surveillance, wildlife surveys, military training, weather monitoring, and local law enforcement. However, expansion of domestic UAS operations has been inhibited by lack of a common understanding of what is required to safely and routinely operate UAS in the NAS. Challenges such as the lack of an onboard pilot to see and avoid other aircraft and the wide variation in unmanned aircraft missions and capabilities must be addressed in order to fully integrate UAS operations in the NAS in the NextGen timeframe. This report represents a significant effort on the part of the Next Generation Air Transportation System NextGen partner agencies to establish a multiagency roadmap of the RD necessary to enable routine operations of UAS in the NextGen NAS.
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