Parimal Kopardekar: Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management (UTM)

As we head into the last few months before the Bay Area Hackfest in November, this blog will feature a series of abstracts of the talk that our speakers, each of them a thoughtful and engaging expert in their field, will be sharing in November.

a photograph of Parimal Kopardekar
Parimal Kopardekar
Senior Technologist for Air Transportation System and Principal Investigator, Unmanned Aerial Systems Traffic Management (UTM), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

NASA is developing a system to safely enable low-altitude, unmanned aerial system (UAS) operations. The system is referred to as UAS Traffic Management (UTM). UTM will safely enable a variety of business models and multiple operations in the same airspace. UTM will provide services such as airspace configuration and geo-fencing, weather and wind integration, demand/capacity imbalance management, separation management, and contingency management. UTM research and development has been conducted in collaboration with many collaborators in industry, academia, and government. The UTM system will evolve through four builds. Each will be collaboratively tested with partners. Initial results from field tests of the first two out of UTM’s four capability levels will be presented. In this talk, I also will discuss issues related to the need for security, sense and avoid, conformance to plan, and flight adjustments to dynamically changing environment. I will also touch upon future airspace operations with urban air mobility for carrying cargo and people, commercial space, and other new entrants.