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Today, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is announcing new steps, sustained by public and private support, to promote the safe integration and innovative adoption of unmanned aircraft systems across the United States.

These announcements are being highlighted as part of today’s White House OSTP Workshop on Drones and the Future of Aviation to advance and celebrate the potential of unmanned aircraft systems.

  • $35 million in research funding by the National Science Foundation(NSF) over the next five years to accelerate the understanding of how to intelligently and effectively design, control, and apply UAS to beneficial applications.  This will include areas such as monitoring and inspection of physical infrastructure, smart disaster response, agricultural monitoring, the study of severe storms, and more;
  • A broad range of actions by the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) to use UAS to support search and rescue operations, to augment manned aircraft operations, and improve government processes around technological adoption;
  • A $5 million down-payment by the state of New York to support the growth of the emerging unmanned aircraft systems industry across New York; and
  • A collective commitment made by UAS industry associations to implement a broad educational effort around privacy best practices for users of UAS technology, among other private-sector commitments to support UAS technologies.
The devil is always in the details but if you read the article you will see that a lot of thought has gone into bringing the issues and the appropriate stakeholders together.
I am particularly impressed by the role that the Department of the Interior will play.
The private sector, primarily through associations, has committed to:
  • Delivering Critical Mobility to Communities in Need
  • Expanding and Promoting Safe Operations
  • Expanding Participation
  • Establishing and Prioritizing Privacy Best Practices
While it will take a few years for all these things to play out, the net result should be a very positive boost for the industry. And while it is at the center of it all, thankfully everything isn’t dependent on the FAA.
You can view the Workshop here.

Read the entire press release at sUAS News

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