Public perception, safety concerns, lack of regulations, some of the largest limitations facing LUCA to NAS integration – Interview with Mark Patrick Collins, Founder, LUCA Air
Mark Patrick Collins will speak about The future market for Large Unmanned Cargo Aircraft in the national airspace system at the Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference, on March 20 2018, at North Carolina Global TransPark, USA.
Mark Patrick Collins: Within the next 2-5 years the FAA will develop the safety regulations that will allow large unmanned aircraft systems (LUAS) to operate with other manned aircraft in the U.S. It is my goal to work with the FAA and industry to develop the infrastructure, technical know-how, and establish the customer base to operate large unmanned cargo aircraft in the National Airspace System (NAS).
What drives you?
People like Elon Musk CEO of SpaceX, Jeff Bezos CEO of Blue Origin, Robert Bigalow CEO of Bigalow Aerospace, and Paul Allen CEO of Stratolaunch motivate me to think big and to not let the naysayers stand in your way . These entrepreneurs are building the next commercial platform for unmanned systems in space and beyond.
What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
The following are emerging technologies and trends in large unmanned cargo aircraft (LUCA) category:
1. (LAANC) – Low Altitude Authorization Notification Capability
2. (DAIDALUS) – Detect and Avoid Alerting for Unmanned Systems 3. (SWIM) – System Wide Information Management 4. NextGen & ADS-B 5. Browser based software called VirtualAirBoss (VAB) developed by AeroVironment which will help managing unmanned as well as manned aircraft.
What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
These technologies will help allow LUCA to operate in the national airspace systems (NAS) safely without mishap.
What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
Public perception, concerns for safety, and lack of safety regulations remain some the largest limitations
facing LUCA to NAS integration.
What do you hope people to learn from your presentation?
One objective of my presentation is to show the marketing information needed for stakeholders to determine economic validity for the LUCA concept so that the stakeholders will eventually invest as either operators of LUCA or as manufactures of LUCA.