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Dan Dumbacher
Executive Director, AIAA
Safe Skies
Autonomy is certainly going to be part of America's transportation
future. With clear operational guidelines, regulations,
and standards for accommodating and incorporating
autonomy, we see a thriving integrated urban and regional
airspace in the next decade. The benefits of autonomy will enhance
safety for everyone and enable capabilities we are only
just imagining.
The AIAA Autonomous Vehicles and Systems Task Force recommends
a national research and development (R&D) plan
for autonomous capability for aeronautics and aerospace. Autonomy
will drive new missions and capabilities by improving
performance, lowering cost, enhancing just-in-time maintenance,
and/or lowering risk for aeronautics systems. We are
seeing a global race to integrate autonomous components, especially
in Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) systems. Just as the
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Biden Administration has set a visionary goal for electric cars,
autonomous air systems, including AAM aircraft, should soon
follow a similar visionary path.
The widespread use of UAVs and drones - both commercial
and recreational - prompted the Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA) to adapt its certification processes. Similarly, the
FAA must facilitate safe use of AAM systems for passenger and
cargo transport. As the FAA refreshes its certification strategy,
we expect to see clear specifications, regulations, and standards
emerge that will strike an appropriate balance between safety
and innovation.
Space launches are close to a daily occurrence and launch
sites are infringing on urban environments and large metropolitan
areas. The integration of commercial air traffic, AAM,
and space launch traffic must receive government attention to
help drive global regulatory and certification strategies that enwww.techbriefs.com
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