FAA and AURA to Support Critical Communications in National Airspace

Project to inform RTCA requirements for UAS-FAA ATC voice communications

AURA Network Systems

FAA and AURA to Support Critical Communications in National Airspace

McLean, Virginia, 01 Feb. 12, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — AURA Network Systems (AURA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have entered into a four-year Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) to help determine performance standards for Control Voice Communications air traffic control (ATC) supporting unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) within the national airspace system (NAS). The project is key to eventual regulations allowing applications ranging from cargo flights to infrastructure inspections and first aid operations.

The FAA deal is a good start for AURA in 2022 and follows an impressive 2021. selected by the FAA to special regulations Committee responsible for regulating aircraft beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS), as well as a Federal Communications Commission decision allowing the company to expand its network to support UAS operations at all altitudes across the country. AURA has also been selected by NASA as National campaign partner to work on the integration of air taxis, cargo delivery aircraft and revolutionary air vehicle concepts into the National Airspace System (NAS).

The joint FAA-AURA effort expected to kick off this month is designed to better inform the RTCA DO-377 Minimum Aviation System Performance Standards (MASPS) for Air Traffic Control (ATC) voice communications supporting UAS operations in the NAS. RTCA (formerly Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics) develops technical guidance for government regulators and industry.

“AURA considers it a privilege to continue to work with the FAA and other federal agencies to improve the commercial viability of the UAS market,” said co-founder and CEO Bill Tolpegin. “We look forward to using our secure private network to deliver our ATC voice solution and ultimately our beyond visual line-of-sight capabilities to support advanced levels of autonomy for safe integration of UAS in national airspace.”

AURA co-founder and president Tamara Casey emphasized that the public-private partnership will focus on research with the FAA. William J. Hughes Technical Center, located near Atlantic City International Airport in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey. She noted, “This collaboration with the nation’s premier transportation systems lab allows us to continue to grow our partnerships with regulators and innovators on the path to unlocking the enormous potential of UAS. »

The joint project will test the latency and evaluate the voice quality/speech intelligibility of air-to-ground radio transmissions between UAS pilots and FAA voice-switched air traffic controller positions. Providing ATC voice communications relayed by unmanned aircraft is a unique offering from AURA, and integration with FAA voice systems is a critical step toward obtaining regulatory approval for the service.

About AURA

AURA (meaning Aadvanced youultra Rreliable A(viation) mission is to provide an FAA-compliant nationwide network using unique, licensed aviation spectrum to accelerate advanced levels of autonomy in the nation’s airspace system. Its vision is to empower the aerospace industry’s pioneering technology solutions that improve accessibility and safety, drive economic expansion, and enhance environmental sustainability – while transforming the concept of aviation for manned and unmanned aircraft. . AURA’s frequencies in the 450 MHz band have extraordinary propagation characteristics, ideal for secure and reliable communications. The company’s technology increases the commercial viability of autonomous operations. See AURAnetworkSystems.com for more information.


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