BEYOND AWARDEES

Kansas Department of Transportation

Topeka, KS

Proposal Description:

The proposal deploys UAS to support beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations in rural communities. It seeks to leverage a statewide unmanned traffic management system to facilitate precision agriculture operations.

Project Highlights and Benefits:

Operations will use a range of technologies, such as detect and avoid, ADS-B, satellite communications and geo-fencing. The program will use existing in-state resources such as fiber optic networks and UAS Traffic Management (UTM). The awardee has a robust community involvement plan that supports the diverse operations that are planned.

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Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

Durant, OK

Proposal Description:

The proposal focuses on agricultural, public safety and infrastructure inspections, with planned BVLOS operations over people and nighttime operations.

 

Project Highlights and Benefits:

The proposal highlights plans to invest in mobile ground-based detect and avoid radars and advanced weather infrastructure. The awardee, along with partners CNN and the Green Valley Farms Living Laboratory, has an aggressive 90-day schedule for high-profile Extended Visual Line of Sight (EVLOS) and night operations. The data obtained from these operations will be broadly applicable, and could extend to a wide range of operations and geographical locations.

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North Carolina Department of Transportation

Raleigh, NC

Proposal Description:

The proposal seeks to test localized package delivery within a defined airspace by establishing drone delivery stations in local communities. This approach enables small businesses to utilize this delivery platform for commercial purposes.

Project Highlights and Benefits:

The proposal seeks to operate over human beings, BVLOS and at night, and seeks to use a variety of technological tools to enable these advanced operations. Tools include ADS-B, detect and avoid technologies, UTM and radar technologies. The data collected from these diverse operations will significantly enhance safe UAS integration into the National Airspace System.

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University of Alaska-Fairbanks

Fairbanks, AK

Proposal Description:

The proposal's primary focus is pipeline inspection and surveying in remote areas and harsh climatic conditions, but it has proposed a broad range of other types of operations in urban and rural areas, ranging from public safety to UAS detection.

Project Highlights and Benefits:

The awardee uses enabling technologies that include collision avoidance, detect and avoid day and night, ADS-B, differential GPS, satellite services, infrared imaging and UTM. Operations in remote areas provide a unique opportunity to evaluate data on several advanced technologies. The unique climate and operating environment also provide an opportunity not available to other

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North Dakota Department of Transportation

Bismarck, ND

Proposal Description:

The proposal includes a wide variety of diverse operations that incorporate advanced technologies that seek to expand UAS operations at night and BVLOS. The proposal will focus on data from four criteria: external systems, aircraft system technologies, training requirements, and processes and procedures.

Project Highlights and Benefits:

Operations will be in multiple types of airspaces ranging from rural to urban areas. Working with experienced UAS research partners will lead to scalable operations for a multitude of UAS industries including linear infrastructure inspections, crop health monitoring, media reporting and emergency response.

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Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority

Memphis, TN

Proposal Description:

The proposal focuses on the inspection of FedEx aircraft and autonomous operations that support airport operations such as perimeter security surveillance and package delivery. Proposed operations include working with a UTM concept that would also work with manned air traffic.

Project Highlights and Benefits:

Teaming with FedEx and Agricenter International, the awardee would support an integrated environment of urban, airport, private property and farmland that would yield an estimated $500 million annual benefit to the economy. Data collected would not only serve UAS, but work with normal air traffic truly advancing integration.

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City of Reno, NV

Proposal Description:

The proposal focuses on the time-sensitive delivery of life-saving medical equipment, such as medical defibrillators in emergency situations in both urban and rural environments.

Project Highlights and Benefits:

The awardee will integrate additional infrastructure such as radar and weather data in order to expand the UAS capability so it could save up to 28-34 lives per year, using one drone in a three-mile city radius. This proposal considers a nationwide scalable model for medical delivery operations and has several commercial medical partners.

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