A drone moves high above downtown Reno, Nevada, on the afternoon of June 23, 2019 as part of NASA’s TCL-4 (Technology Capability Level) operation. TCL-4 involves flight testing multiple UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems) in higher-density urban areas for tasks such as newsgathering, package delivery and large-scale contingency mitigation. The next and final test site will be Corpus Christi, Texas in August.
The challenges associated with the safe flight of drones – piloted or unpiloted – are a big topic at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, going on now through July 28. NASA researchers are at the show talking to thousands of general aviation pilots and aviation enthusiasts about how NASA, with its partners including the FAA, has created a game plan to address the biggest barriers including noise, safety, certification, and public acceptance.
Image Credit: NASA/Andrew Carlsen