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AMC, AFRL pioneer UAS Traffic Management system at MacDill Air Force Base

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By Air Force Research Laboratory Public Affairs

July 18, 2024

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Air Mobility Command (AMC), in collaboration with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Information Directorate, began assessing the AFRL Collaborative Low-Altitude Unmanned Aircraft System Integration Effort Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management system at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida.

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Censys Technologies now offers the Mapper+ Version C, YellowScan’s cutting-edge UAS LiDAR system. Integrated with the Sentaero 5, this new payload introduces new features that enable enhanced LiDAR capabilities.

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Northrop Grumman's uncrewed RQ-4D Phoenix aircraft has been providing NATO with crucial surveillance capabilities since it began operations in February 2021. Phoenix leverages Northrop Grumman's leadership in autonomy to enable the alliance to collectively deter adversaries and respond to shared security challenges.

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Unmanned Vehicle Technologies, LLC (UVT) and uAvionix jointly announced that UVT has received a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) waiver to operate small unmanned aircraft systems Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) at their test site in Michigan. This waiver, granted under Part 107 regulations, allows UVT to significantly advance ​operational capabilities​,​ ​open​ing​​ new avenues for ​remote​​ enterprise​​ applications.

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The Joint C-sUAS Office has hosted industry demonstrations of the latest C-sUAS technology at U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground (YPG) for the past three years. Their most recent event, the fifth held here, took place over four weeks in June, and was the most ambitious yet, focusing on demonstrating systems capable of detecting and defeating swarms of sUAS. Of nearly 60 proposals, 12 systems were selected for demonstration by the JCO, and nine participated here.

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UAS Magazine announced the preliminary agenda for the UAS Summit & Expo, scheduled for October 8-9 at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, North Dakota. The UAS Summit & Expo is designed for companies and organizations advancing UAS commercialization and utilization.

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Wisk Aero announced it has acquired Verocel Inc., a software verification and validation company. Verocel’s unique expertise in supporting the certification of high-integrity aerospace software and the qualification of V&V tools will play a key role in Wisk’s ongoing effort to certify its Generation 6 autonomous, electric air taxi.

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Primoco UAV SE and T-Mobile Czech Republic have verified the possibility of integrating an LTE network BTS base station into the Primoco UAV One 150 unmanned aerial vehicle. The result is an advanced system that allows a substantial reduction in mobile network recovery time in emergency situations, applicable across the EU.

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Boeing’s Compact Laser Weapon System supported a range of counter-uncrewed aerial systems test exercises at the 2024 Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security Counter UAS Sandbox in Suffield, Alberta.

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uAvionix, a pioneering leader in aviation safety technology, announced the successful delivery and approval of its surface situational awareness systems at two major U.S. airports: Indianapolis International Airport and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

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Censys Technologies unveiled VegCens, an innovative application designed to complement its flagship CensWise AI/ML software. The application empowers users with real-time alerts and detailed reports, enabling proactive management and optimization of vegetation control strategies.

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The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Center Aviation & Missile Technology Consortium® has down-selected BlueHalo as one of two vendors to move forward for the development of the Next-Generation Counter-Uncrewed Aerial System (C-UAS) Missile.

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Shield AI announced that the U.S. Coast Guard has awarded the company a $198,106,876 indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity firm fixed-price contract to provide Contractor Owned Contractor Operated Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance services. This service will be implemented using the V-BAT unmanned aircraft system (UAS).

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Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc., a technology company in Defense, National Security and Global Markets, announced the successful demonstration of the second of three Valkyrie launch methods: the Kratos Trolley Launch System.

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Intelligent Energy has collaborated with Aurora Flight Sciences to help power the next generation of Aurora uncrewed aircraft systems through the use of fuel cell technology.

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The Air Force will likely award a contract or contracts for the first increment of Collaborative Combat Aircraft in late September or early October, sources familiar with the program said. It’s not yet been decided if the Air Force will carry one or both of its Increment 1 competitors—Anduril and General Atomics—into the next phase of development.

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National Center for Autonomous Technologies at Northland Community & Technical College receives second consecutive award, leading the education of the nation's Autonomous Systems Skilled Technical Workforce.

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Senator Hoeven recently invited Air Combat Command Commander to North Dakota to review and strengthen Grand Forks Air Force Base missions, advance partnerships with University of North Dakota and Grand Sky

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The L3Harris Technologies Advanced Baseline Imager is set to launch June 25 from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida onboard NOAA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite.

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Vigilant Aerospaces' FlightHorizon airspace management and uncrewed traffic management (UTM) system has been selected as the airspace management system for the Skyway36 droneport in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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Archer Aviation Inc., a leader in electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, announced its subsidiary, Archer Air, has received its Part 135 Air Carrier & Operator Certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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Airbus will be presenting its new Wingman concept at the International Aerospace Exhibition ILA in Berlin.

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) announced that the Army National Guard has ordered 12 Gray Eagle 25M (GE 25M) Unmanned Aircraft Systems paid for as part of 2023 congressional funding.

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NOAA partners with GrandSKY, Synoptic Data PBC and Meteomatics on research project in North Dakota to deploy advanced weather drones to gather upper air observations to determine usefulness to weather forecasting.

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Senator John Hoeven announced that the Department of Defense has tasked Project ULTRA, a new unmanned aerial systems initiative the senator established and funded, with developing the capability to deliver military cargo using UAS.

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Leveraging the unique ecosystem in Grand Forks, which includes the extensive capabilities of the Northern Plains UAS Test Site and North Dakota’s unique operational flight test environment, Project ULTRA capitalizes on the existing Beyond-Visual-Line-of-Sight capabilities already in place and approved by the Federal Aviation Administration.

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Grand Forks County, in collaboration with GrandSKY, announced the launch of Project ULTRA (UAS Logistics, Traffic, Research, and Autonomy), an innovative initiative aimed at enhancing the Department of Defense’s (DoD) capabilities through advanced unmanned aerial systems (UAS) technology.

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BRINC unveils the Responder drone and Responder Station, a new drone platform and docking station, to enable city-wide drone as first responder deployments.

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DARPA’s AdvaNced airCraft Infrastructure-Less Launch And RecoverY program, known as ANCILLARY, shows six design concepts for a low-weight, large-payload, long-endurance VTOL uncrewed X-plane. The innovative configurations and critical technology designs come from a wide array of performers, from small start-up to legacy aerospace companies, broadening the network of partners contributing to the program.

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Senator John Hoeven announced the start of Project UAS Logistics, Traffic, Research and Autonomy (Project ULTRA), a new effort to leverage UAS technology on behalf of our men and women in uniform.

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