Source: XPONENTIAL Show Daily

The virtual segment of AUVSI’s annual XPONENTIAL event, the world’s largest conference focused on the unmanned systems industry, launched today with a keynote address by Robert Hampshire, PhD. As Chief Science Officer at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Dr. Hampshire possesses deep expertise in both public policy and engineering systems. His research has focused on infrastructure issues around environmental impacts and equal access to opportunities. In his remarks, Dr. Hampshire shared DOT’s priorities under the new Administration for the years ahead and how unmanned systems fit into those priorities..Read more

Panel shares insights and recommendations on cyber security for drone operations

A six-member panel of security-minded industry leaders spent a Tuesday afternoon session explaining and exploring what many consider to be an increasingly important, under-examined question: What precautions should companies that use unmanned aircraft be taking to ward off cyber attacks? The group, along with other security experts not present, took up the question to help the Joint Authorities for Rulemaking on Unmanned Systems  develop what is being called a “Cyber SORA” (Specific Operations Risk Assessment) protocol. JARUS is expected to release a document for external comment in the coming week.Read more

Integrating Urban Air Mobility toward assured autonomy

New technologies start in the research stage and undergo experimentation before becoming operationalized – and unmanned and autonomous systems are no exception. While small unmanned aerial systems (UAS), like drones, have reached the final stage, Urban Air Mobility (UAM) technology is still in the research and experimentation phases.Read more

FAA’s Remote ID Rule Will Enable Drone Integration

Last month, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) implemented new regulations addressing the remote identification of drones and drone operations over people and at night. The rules make critical steps toward assured autonomy by enabling more complex UAS uses, which will ultimately lead to more drone deliveries, public safety operations, and infrastructure inspections.  During today’s XPONENTIAL 2021 sessions, AUVSI hosted a panel of leading experts who were involved in the rulemaking process. Their discussion on next steps and standardization demonstrated why AUVSI approaches public policy under the umbrella of three principles: safety and security, government-industry collaboration, and performance-based regulations.  Read more

Safety, policy, and integration intertwine in UAS spectrum use

As more unmanned aerial systems (UAS) enter the airspace and take on increasingly advanced operations, concerns about preserving spectrum and improving coordination have also grown. During today’s XPONENTIAL 2021 breakout sessions, attendees heard insights on spectrum policy from a panel of experts, including representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and the unmanned systems industry. Panelists’ comments made clear that the use of spectrum by drone operators touches on all three pillars of assured autonomy: prioritizing system safety, supporting sound public policy, and enabling the seamless integration of unmanned systems.Read more

PwC’s Peter Brown emphasizes need to harness the power of people on the path toward autonomy and beyond