Accommodating Unmanned Cargo Operations in the National Airspace System

by Parimal Kopardekar, Director, NASA Aeronautics Research Institute (NARI)

The talk will include considerations to safely and efficiently integrate unmanned cargo operations of all sizes into the national airspace system. The talk will focus on specific concepts, technologies, and procedures related to aircraft, network operations center, communication/navigation/surveillance needs, and air traffic management. The talk will address interesting considerations within nominal and off-nominal scenarios.

program: https://unmannedcargoaircraftconference.com/speakers/

Dr. Parimal Kopardekar (PK) serves as the Director of NASA Aeronautics Research Institute (NARI). In that capacity, he is responsible for exploring new trends and needs related to aeronautics. He also serves as principal investigator for the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management (UTM). For UTM, he and the team won the Service to America Medals (known as Oscars of Federal Workforce) in Promising Innovation Category in 2018. He was named in top 25 most influential people in commercial UAS industry in 2017. He is passionate about airspace operations, autonomy, advanced air mobility, and digital manufacturing and supply chains in aeronautics.

NASA Aeronautics Research Institute (NARI) operates at the nexus of industry, government and academia with an outward-facing approach to monitor trends and aviation needs. NARI’s goal is to develop partnerships that maximize impact to meet future aviation demands and opportunities consistent with Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate strategic thrusts.

The ONLINE Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference aims to bring together manufacturers, operators, knowledge institutes, consultants, shippers and governmental organizations active in the upcoming field of unmanned cargo aircraft.

Focus topics of the conference are:

  • UCA business models: how to earn money with UCA?
  • UCA configurations:
    • Large / medium size
    • Last mile delivery
    • Urban space delivery
    • Medical supply drones
  • Regulatory / Legal issues
  • What can UCA contribute to economic and social development?
  • Market analysis
  • Air Traffic Management (ATM) / UAS Traffic Management (UTM)
  • Integration of systems / technologies required for UCA to operate

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