Drone competition set for 2016 UTM convention

The UTM Convention 2016 and HiddenGenius.com have partnered to launch a technology competition that demonstrates drone sense and avoid technologies (SAA).

The companies said the growth in the number of small UAS (unmanned aircraft systems) includes using drones beyond line of sight to monitor the safety of rail track, bridges and power lines. It also includes package delivery and humanitarian missions.

NASA is leading the research and development of UTM (UAS traffic management), and many sense and avoid approaches are under development to address this technology hurdle.