8 Companies to Assist FAA with Drone Remote ID
Thursday, May 07, 2020 | Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that eight companies that will assist the federal government in establishing requirements for future suppliers of remote identification. Remote ID will enable unmanned aerial systems (UAS), commonly called drones, to provide identification and location information while operating in the nation’s airspace.

The FAA selected the following companies to develop technology requirements for future remote ID UAS service suppliers (USS): Airbus, AirMap, Amazon, Intel, One Sky, Skyward, T-Mobile and Wing. These companies were selected through a request for information (RFI) process.

“The FAA will be able to advance the safe integration of drones into our nation’s airspace from these technology companies’ knowledge and expertise on remote identification,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

This initial group will support the FAA in developing technology requirements for other companies to develop applications needed for remote ID. The applications will provide drone identification and location information to safety and security authorities while in flight. The technology is being developed simultaneously with the proposed remote ID rule.

Application requirements will be announced when the final rule is published. The FAA will then begin accepting applications for entities to become remote ID suppliers. The FAA will provide updates when other entities can apply to become qualified remote ID USS on the FAA website.

Drones are a fast-growing segment of the transportation sector with nearly 1.5 million drones and 160,000 remote pilots now registered with the FAA. The agency’s ability to develop remote ID technology simultaneously with the rule enables the FAA to continue to build on a UAS traffic management (UTM) system.

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