On February 15, 2019, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) publicly announced the State of Nevada as an award recipient for the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management (UTM) Technical Capability Level (TCL) 4 operation. This involves Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) flying in higher-density urban areas for tasks such as newsgathering, package delivery, and large-scale contingency mitigation.
For the first time in U.S. Aviation history in a metropolitan area under beyond visual line of sight conditions, Nevada conducted this NASA demonstration over several months in downtown Reno. The State of Nevada UAS Test Site, under the leadership of the NIAS, was selected to execute the NASA UTM TCL 4 operation through an intensely competitive process with six other states.
The City of Reno was one of several partners in the NASA UTM TCL4 operation.
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) website - For detailed information on the UTM TCL4
- Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems
- The State of Nevada, City of Reno, Las Vegas, Henderson, Searchlight, NIAS and Nevada partners complete historic FAA Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) Pilot Program - September 5, 2019
- NIAS and NASA to resume drone testing in downtown Reno
- NIAS and NASA to conduct drone testing in downtown Reno
- FAA-Designated Nevada UAS Test Site Selected For 2019 NASA Unmanned Traffic Management Capstone Operation - February 15, 2019
The Nevada (Smart Silver State) NASA UTM partners include: Uber Elevate, Switch, AirMap, Avision Robotics, Harris Corporation, AiRXOS a GE company, ANRA Technologies, WhiteFox Defense, Iris Automation, Drone America, Echodyne, Fortem, UltiSat, Inc., AviSight, Inc, Utah State University AggieAir, Deseret UAS, Telesis, College of Southern Nevada (CSN), Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority, the Cities of Reno and Henderson, Town of Laughlin, Apex Unmanned, Ainstein, escAerospace, Viasat, University of Nevada Reno (UNR), international partners Institute of Aviation, Warsaw (ILOT), RelmaTech, Aerium Analytics, Canadian UAV, AVSS-Aerial Vehicle Safety Solutions Inc, and ACAMP.
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