Air Traffic Control for Drones: New Drone Analyst Research Challenges Proposed Solutions

Research report questions the intended use of ADS-B technology on small unmanned aircraft systems at low altitudes, lists problems, and issues recommendations.

Redwood City, CA, USA – November 2, 2015 – Drone Analyst Research and Advisors ( today released a report titled “ADS-B and Its Use for Small Drone Traffic Management” detailing recent innovations, technical limitations, and integration attempts on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). It evaluates how well commercial drone service providers and operators understand the issues of ADS-B and calls out the air traffic management concerns that need to be addressed if ADS-B is used and integrated with other alternative technologies. The report is available for purchase and download here.

The research answers questions like:

  • What is ADS-B, where is it mandatory, and what are the adoption rates for manned aircraft?
  • What are the problems with the technology and what can be done to fix it?
  • How well do small UAS commercial operators understand ADS-B and its implications?
  • What are the pros and cons of ADS-B for commercial use of small UAS in U.S. Class G airspace?
  • What new airspace safety solutions under development incorporate ADS-B as part of their UAS sense-and-avoid technology?

The report provides fresh analysis and new information for industry veterans, entrepreneurs and investors, avionics vendors, and drone manufacturers of all kinds.

“Drone traffic management was never envisioned when the FAA conceived the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) for manned aviation, but here we are looking for an infrastructure solution for low-altitude flight safety,” said Colin Snow, CEO and Founder of Drone Analyst. “The mistake may be that we are trying to solve it with an ‘all-altitude’ solution.”

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  • Buyers of UAS technology and services – to help inform their acquisition decisions
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