NASA and AT&T work together to research traffic management solutions

VIENNA, Va. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and AT&T engineers are researching traffic management solutions for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in order to find an Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management (UTM) solution that supports the safe and secure operation of drones in the national airspace.

"Working with NASA and others, we are designing the management system for a new frontier in aviation," says Mike Leff, Vice President, Civilian, AT&T Global Public Sector Solutions. "Drones are already used in agriculture, public safety, construction, utilities, real estate, and TV. This research can help support the commercial and private use of drones nationwide."

NASA has been working with AT&T and other companies to make UAS flight path monitoring, flight planning, , surveillance and tracking safer. AT&T has focused on the role of networking and advanced technologies. Officials explain, one element AT&T and NASA are researching is the potential impact of threats. AT&T will continue to participate in NASA demonstrations, workshops, and studies related to airspace operations concepts and technologies.

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