The AAM ecosystem includes Urban Air Mobility (UAM) solutions, which previously described the entire sector. The update in terminology reflects the fact that drones that are large enough to transport a person will not only be operating in urban environments—they will become a mainstay in the airspace across the entire world. How will these ecosystems be enabled? What sort of value will they create? When will these developments take shape? This session defines all of these elements in defined presentations and a panel discussion.
Airspace Challenges in an Autonomous World
The technology associated with flying an aircraft has been steadily reducing pilot workload and increasing safety for most of the history of aviation. Today, automation, autonomy, and other systems have the ability to increase safety. As UAS begin to scale toward nationwide operations, the need for increased automation becomes essential. Thousands of concurrent flights occurring across the country (or in some cases, the world) require a high degree of automation to ensure safe and efficient operations. Legacy systems may not meet the safety requirement.
The panel will address these challenges and discuss to what extent emergent technologies such as automation, DAA and UTM will enable future operations. This panel session will highlight, coupling of new and existing surveillance, and Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) infrastructure as key components to ensuring a competitive advantage when it comes to fully commercial, safe, and scalable operations enabling BVLOS. The panel will address these challenges and discuss to what extent these new technologies can and will enable future BVLOS operations and support UTM.
Speakers will touch upon challenges facing new airspace entrants attempting to implement autonomous aircraft airspace solutions in today’s legacy traffic management systems. Drawing upon their international experience and roles in aviation, the group will discuss what happens next as regulators, industry and society consider what to do next to support expended operations from package delivery networks to flying taxis.
Panel moderated by Philip Kenul, ASTM International
Panelists include: Parimal Kopardekar (PK); NASA Aeronautics Research Institute (NARI); Amit Ganjoo, ANRA Technologies, LLC; Lorenzo Murzilli, Murzilli Consulting; Andy Thurling, Aero Consulting