To help provide situational awareness, Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) said it has deployed the first components of a UAS traffic management (UTM) system that is available to the UAS community now.
Lockheed Martin´s online Flight Service Pilot Web feeds flight plan information directly to the Federal Aviation Administration´s National Airspace System (NAS) today. UAS operators now have an option of reporting operating areas via this system. UAS operators and pilots may access the system through the Lockheed Martin Flight Service Pilot Portal.
“Our objective is an open, standards-based system that individual operators and other private UTM systems can use to interact seamlessly and securely with the NAS,” said Paul Engola, vice president of Lockheed Martin´s Transportation and Financial Solutions business. “We look forward to partnering with UAS operators and manufacturers to help create a system that supports the safe coexistence of manned and unmanned flight.”
Lockheed Martin is developing additional UTM capabilities in collaboration with several industry stakeholders including the NASA UTM research project through a Space Act information sharing agreement.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 112,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation´s net sales for 2014 were USD45.6 billion.