Deseret UAS Partnership Awarded Highly Competitive NASA & FAA Programs

Deseret UAS is a key partner in historic operations that advance the UAM industry globally

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TOOELE COUNTY- The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced they have awarded the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Traffic Management (UTM) Technical Capabilities Level (TLC) 4 operation to the State of Nevada. The State of Nevada UAS Test Site, under the leadership of the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS), was selected to execute the NASA UTM TCL 4 operation through an intensely competitive process with six other states. Deseret UAS will participate in the operation through its strong collaborative partnership with NIAS. The partners will demonstrate the capability to safely fly multiple Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) (i.e.- drones) in an urban environment.

“We are very excited to partner with NASA on such an important program that will have a significant innovative impact on the global UAS Industry,” said Dr. Chris Walach, Executive/Senior Director of the FAA-designated Nevada UAS Test Site, NIAS and the NIAS Unmanned Aviation Safety Center of Excellence. “We believe UTM is absolutely essential to making the airways safe and deconflicting manned and unmanned aviation.”

In addition, United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) Secretary Elaine Chao has announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded the State of Nevada the UAS UTM Pilot Program (UPP). NIAS will similarly execute this operation, with Deseret UAS playing a key role. The UPP is a milestone pilot program to safely integrate drones into the National Airspace System (NAS) while creating a shared information network that can be used for future federal rule-making.

These watershed operations position the partners as global leaders in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and signal a major development in the advancement of the Urban Air Mobility (UAM) industry. NIAS, Deseret UAS, and other partners will demonstrate the ability to fly UAVs beyond the operator’s line of sight over a high-density, urban environment and how to integrate those unmanned aircraft operations safely into the (NAS). Both operations require the team to overcome obstacles, including variable urban weather patterns and buildings that obstruct Global Positioning System (GPS) signals.

“The significance of this moment cannot be overstated,” said Deseret UAS Board Chair Shawn Milne. “We are at an inflection point in the history of human transportation. Deseret UAS is helping to lead the way in developing the capabilities necessary to revolutionize mobility. The NASA TLC-4 and FAA UPP programs will allow us to showcase Utah’s unparalleled technical expertise.”

Deseret UAS and Metron Aviation host important AUVSI Webinar

Register for a free webinar for an in-depth look at commercial UAM testing

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TOOELE County- Urban Air Mobility (UAM) is a new transportation system in which autonomous vehicles like aerial taxis, ambulances, and personal flying vehicles operate in low-altitude airspace over an urban environment. UAM technologies are rapidly advancing to support the safe transportation of packages and people. According to industry analysts, the UAM market is estimated to grow to nearly $3 trillion by 2040. “UAM will revolutionize mobility. It has the potential to reduce traffic congestion, support a robust economy, protect the environment, and encourage fiscal sustainability,” said Deseret UAS Board Chair Shawn Milne. “Industry innovations are occurring at a rapid pace, but companies need safe and legal test sites like those offered by Deseret UAS to develop their technologies.” If your company needs to flight test your UAM product or service, this is an event you won't want to miss. Hosted by Deseret UAS and Metron Aviation, the Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI) webinar is free and open to the public. It will bring together industry thought leaders to discuss the current state of commercial UAM testing, including what the active test sites have to offer, the current flight-testing environment, and opportunities for new UAM flight test programs.

Deseret UAS Signs Landmark Agreement with ElectraFly

Company developing personal flying vehicle could revolutionize the UAS industry

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TOOELE CITY- Deseret UAS has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the unmanned aerial systems (UAS) company, ElectraFly. This Utah-based company is developing a personal flying vehicle that has the potential to revolutionize the unmanned aerial systems (UAS) industry. Under the agreement, ElectraFly will begin flight testing on Deseret UAS ranges early next year. This watershed moment showcases the strong collaboration between Utah’s state and local governments and its private sector UAS companies.

Deseret UAS hires national experts to lead the organization

The organization has the expertise and resources to advance the UAS industry.

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Deseret UAS has hired nationally renown UAS expert, Dr. Tulinda Larsen to lead the organization as its Executive Director. Dr. Larsen has literally written the book on UAS, authoring a series entitled, “Six-Word Lessons for a Trustworthy Drone Business.”

Opening of Deseret UAS headquarters marks major milestone

Organization facilitates rural economic development through the advancement of unmanned aerial systems.

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Utah will officially open its doors to the unmanned aerial systems (UAS) industry on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018 at Deseret UAS Headquarters’ in Tooele. Deseret UAS headquarters is located at the Xperience Center in Tooele City. This state-of-the-art facility boasts UAS flight simulations, real-time test flight viewing, and collaborative meeting spaces.