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NASA-UND Partnership to do unmanned Flight Test

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    NASA-UND Partnership Plans Unmanned Flight Test


    Researchers at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton Roads, Va., have a new twist on an old saying, “Look Ma, no hands,” when it comes to piloting a small plane. The new twist is a result of a NASA partnership with The MITRE Corporation and the University of North Dakota (UND).

    “This [is] a vital step in our ongoing sense-and-avoid technology research,” said Mark Askelson, a UND atmospheric scientist working on the unmanned aircraft systems research project. “This partnership with MITRE and NASA Langley are especially important as we move toward aircraft that will one day be equipped with ADS-B or Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast. The ADS-B system, together with more reliable and accurate sense-and-avoid technology, will be vital to future UAS operations.”

    The team is using a NASA Langley general aviation aircraft — a Cirrus SR-22 — that was developed as a testbed to assess and mimic unmanned aircraft systems. Capitalizing on NASA Langley’s years of flight test experience, the Cirrus SR-22 is equipped with special cockpit technology and computer equipment loaded with automatic “sense-and-avoid” software algorithms developed by MITRE and UND.

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