With New Strategic Plan, DriveOhio and the Ohio UAS Center Bring Smart Mobility to Every Altitude, Position Ohio as a Leader in Drone Technologies

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

When Dayton’s own Wright Brothers took their first flight in December 1903, they only reached about 10 feet off the ground. Today’s flights take us easily to 30,000 feet and above, as air traffic control monitors and guides planes safely across the sky.

Interestingly, thanks to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), known commonly as drone technology, there is now a need for an air traffic management system for altitudes below 2,000 feet. Why? Because drone technology has advanced rapidly the last few years and is now capable of transporting both packages and people, but there is no system in place to ensure drones can fly safely without colliding with other aircraft, objects or people. As a result, government regulations require drone operators to always be in view of their aircraft.

Thanks to a new strategic plan announced, DriveOhio, the state’s center for smart mobility, and the Ohio UAS Center will undertake development of just such an unmanned air traffic management (UTM) system, as well as the continued support of UAS research and development, facilitating the state’s ongoing leadership position in this transformational technology.

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