NASA grants approval for Silent Falcon drone tests


Silent Falcon UAS Technologies has been granted an Airworthiness Statement by the Airworthiness & Flight Safety Review Board, part of NASA’s Ames Research Center in California. This statement allows the Silent Falcon UAS (unmanned aircraft system) to participate in the NASA UTM (unmanned traffic management) project headed up by the Ames Research Center.

NASA and the FAA are working together to identify ways to safely enable large-scale UAS operations in the low-altitude airspace. The growing number of UAS and commercial UAS applications has led to this critical project.

During the week beginning October 3, Silent Falcon conducted a series of practice runs and one scenario in preparation for the actual UTM flight tests that took place during the week commencing October 17 in Reno, Nevada.

Silent Falcon, along with 11 other partners in the UTM program, will fly their aircraft in typical UAS scenarios. The tests will focus on the ability to alert and inform airspace users of potential dangers and conflicting situations that go BVLOS (beyond visual line of sight) as well as within VLOS (visual line of sight).

Safety is of utmost importance and visual observers will be put in place to ensure aircraft stay on their designated paths and won’t interfere with other aircraft in the area.

November 2, 2016

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