Intel partners with FAA for UTM programme

Intel Corporation has partnered with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to work on the Unmanned Aircraft Traffic Management (UTM) programme.

The UTM is a programme headed by the FAA and NASA to develop and test guidelines for communications and navigation between unmanned aircraft and manned aircraft already existing in US airspace.

Anil Nanduri, vice president and general manager of the Intel drone team said: “I’m honored that Intel’s Drone Group is participating in such critical programs to pave the way for new and expanded commercial UAS operations.

“By working with the U.S. government, as well as various other industry partners, we can demonstrate the magnitude of a drone’s potential when integrated into our nation’s airspace in a responsible way.”

The FAA has been tasked by the US Government to integrate unmanned aircraft and drones into the commercial US airspace. One of the biggest parts of the UTM is the Integration Pilots Program (IPP) in which the FAA is partnering with companies to develop and expand commercial-drone operations across the US.

Intel will be working with four teams working on the IPP and plans to work on operations in San Diego, Virginia and Tennessee.

Intel is conducting flight test son its own drone and unmanned-aircraft-tracking software. Intel recently flew its Falcon 8+ drone on a BVLOS (beyond visual line of sight) demonstration at night using thermal imaging software.

The tech giant also demonstrated its open drone-ID software. The software allows the user to track and authenticate all flying UAV aircraft in the area – a necessary requirement if more commercial drones will be occupying US airspace.

If you want to know more about the UTM programme and why it is important, check out our explanation here.