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NASA to Form Three Research Teams on Self-driving and Drone Technology

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【Summary】The National Aeronautics and Space Administration(NASA) has recently got approval from the government to officially begin their studies on self-driving and Unmanned Aircraft Systems(UAS).

Original Claire    Jun 06, 2017 1:32 PM PT
NASA to Form Three Research Teams on Self-driving and Drone Technology

The future world belongs to autonomous technology, but the regulations are not quite ready yet, as the industry is so new and deep that policy makers need to take some time to make comprehensive rules to control the high-tech fields.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) recently received approval from the government to officially begin their studies on self-driving and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). It has formed research teams to delve into three major topics: the certification of self-driving cars and UAS; the development of new methods to verify whether remote controlled drones are fit to fly before each flight; and the utilization of quantum computing and communication tech to create a jam-free network that can support hundreds of thousands drones flying each day.  

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The three teams are part of NASA's Convergent Aeronautics Solutions (CAS) project, and are expected to each take 24 to 30 months to complete.

"Our idea is to invest a very modest amount of time and money into new technologies that are ambitious and potentially transformative," said Richard Barhydt, NASA's acting director of the Transformative Aeronautics Concepts Program (TACP).

"They may or may not work, but we won't know unless we try."

The three investigation proposals will join five topics selected in 2016 and six in 2015. The other research subjects include study on a new kind of fuel cell, increasing electric motor output with the help of 3D printing, use of Lithium-Air batteries to store energy, new mechanisms for changing the shape of a wing in flight and basing a new antenna design on the use of lightweight aerogel.

Earlier in May, FutureCar reported that NASA is working with FAA(Federal Aviation Administration) and other industrial companies to research the requirements that will be needed for commercial drones. And possibly by 2019 the research will be finished, with all the results handed over to FAA for implementation no later by 2025.


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