NASA hosted the first Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Traffic Management Convention or UTM 2015, July 28-30, 2015. This groundbreaking convention allowed main players in the UAV industry, such as Google, Amazon, Harris Corporation and Verizon, a unique opportunity to engage in small group discussions to help shape the future of low-altitude unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) traffic management.
The convention was held at NASA Ames Research Center. Along with the Silicon Valley Chapter AUVSI (Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International) it addressed the “new era” of aviation where unmanned aircraft will be used for new commercial and civilian applications. UAVs safe and effective integration into the national airspace is a critical requirement for achieving their true potential. Many big players are seeking for the answer to how the world should do this.
The main areas that the panel speakers discussed were:
- Policy issues, including privacy, safety and security
- Emerging markets and operations
- Strategies for low-altitude traffic management
- International perspectives
Check out here for some photos from the convention.
Amazon delivered the keynote speech titled “Moving Forward Safely: Amazon’s Approach”- detailing their plan to solve this issue. GeekWire reported that the main point of the company’s safety proposal wants the government to designate special airspace between 200 or 400 feet above the ground. This could be used as fast lane for commercial drones.