UAV traffic control

The FAA began its investigation UAS in 2005, focusing on how to incorporate the new technology into the National Airspace System (NAS) starting in 2008.  It recently launched a registration program to facilitate the use of small UAS (under 55 lbs) for “non-hobby or non-recreational purposes”, in anticipation of a new Part 107 to be added to Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR), allowing routine civil operation of small UAS in the NAS.  Of the 19 limitations and risk mitigations noted in the proposed Part 107, the most constraining are: 1) restricted to daylight-only operations, 2) limited to confined areas of operation, and 3) a requirement for visual-line-of-sight operations.  These are based on the then industry consensus that there are no known technologies that could compensate for these mitigations.  However, the remainder of this document will show why we believe that drobotic technology will solve for these three issues, and several more.

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