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NASA Conducts Multi-Site Drone Traffic Mgmt Platform Test

droneNASA was scheduled Monday to demonstrate unmanned aircraft systems at six Federal Aviation Administration-approved UAS test sites across the U.S. as part of a coordinated test for NASA’s traffic management research platform.

The space agency said Monday its Ames Research Center would fly up to four drones at each location and monitor the flights from a remote location with the UTM system.

The initiative seeks to help non-NASA operators interact with the UTM research platform at various locations and collect information to help the FAA fine-tune the research effort.

UAS testing sites are located in Alaska, North Dakota, Nevada, New York, Maryland and Virginia.

NASA noted that the demonstration marks the first multi-site test of its UTM research platform and the most number of live UAS flights under the research platform.

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