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AeroVironment Puma™ AE and Smart C2 VirtualAirBoss™ to demonstrate beyond visual line of sight UAS traffic management with NASA (Photo: Business Wire)
The demonstration will build on results from UTM TCL1 field testing
concluded last August and ongoing operational demonstration and field
testing of AeroVironment's
NASA is working with the
The AeroVironment Puma AE (All Environment) small unmanned aircraft
system delivers situational awareness directly to its operator in
ground, riverine, and maritime operations and is capable of collecting
data for terrain modeling, vegetation analysis and infrastructure
management. Launched by hand and capable of landing on the ground or in
fresh or salt water, Puma empowers its operator with a high degree of
portability, 3.5 hours of flight time and operational flexibility for
real-world missions in routine and extreme environments. Puma AE remains
the only small unmanned aircraft system with
VirtualAirBoss is a comprehensive, browser-based, service-oriented-architecture (SOA) solution to help UAS service groups manage their business operations from end to end. The easy-to-use software system provides one central place where operators can schedule, plan, manage and report on their entire fleet and business processes.
"We are eager to build on our strong commercial UAS information solution
and work with NASA and SmartC2 in this pivotal research, development and
testing project to transform the way low-altitude airspace is managed,"
"The SmartC2 VirtualAirBoss will serve as the interface to the UTM
research platform," said
"In other words, VirtualAirBoss will be used as the UTM ‘client' for receiving data from the aircraft for pre-flight scheduling, in-flight positioning; and post-flight closeout. All of these data will be brokered through the VirtualAirBoss to the UTM TCL 2 research platform," Rudolph said.
Puma's asset and operational details will be captured organically in VirtualAirBoss, including all airframe identifying details, such as size, weight, style, model, registration, payload, speed parameters, endurance, control modes, launch/recovery methods, lost link capabilities and flight history. These asset and operational details, along with personnel qualifications, availability and certifications, will be available to authorized users of VirtualAirBoss, and are easily included in any required or requested reports.
During the UTM TCL2 demonstration, position reporting will be required of all UAS operations within the airspace and a public portal will inform general aviation, hobbyists and the public about relevant UAS commercial operations.
"AeroVironment and SmartC2 are eager to support NASA and the
SmartC2 is a woman-owned small business offering the VirtualAirBoss™ (VAB), an easy to use, browser-based solution to help aviation service groups manage their business operations from end to end. SmartC2's VirtualAirBoss software provides one place where operators can schedule, manage and automatically report on their entire fleet and business processes - crews, customers, payloads, maintenance, COA details, analysis, and invoicing (or cost center allocations). Manufacturers use VirtualAirBoss for supply chain management, warranty and repair tracking. Commercial operations and their service providers use VAB to manage UAS.
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