Why we are building a future system for third party verification of UAS & USS performance

In the coming years, as standards for UAS Traffic Management become defined, we expect applicants for Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) flights to need verification of sufficient aircraft performance to allow safe and effective flight within the Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) structure.  In addition, UAS Service Suppliers (USS) and Supplemental Data Service Providers (SDSPs) will need performance of their services validated through a similar evaluation and verification process.

At NUAIR, we are applying our team’s multifaceted research across the UAS spectrum, broad international engagement in standards development, knowledge of validated performance requirements, and deep flight test expertise to build NUSTAR (National UAS Standardized Testing and Rating) as the “gold standard” for verification of conformity with government and industry standards. In building NUSTAR, we expect to develop means of compliance with evolving standards and provide an environment for testing and verification that industry leaders will seek out for standards verification.

NUSTAR will act as an independent third party to provide safety declarations for UAS,  USS and SDSPs – providing manufacturers and suppliers an independent declaration of compliance. The need for third party statements of compliance has already been written into risk-based processes such as the Specific Operational Risk Assessment (SORA) process, originally developed by the Joint Authorities for Rulemaking in Unmanned Systems (JARUS). More recently, the European Union Aviation Safety (EASA) framework for drones, methods for approving waivers by the FAA, and the new Modernization of Special Class Airworthiness Certification (MOSAIC) have all identified how third party validation of UAS and USS performance can improve safety and will be considered in granting operational approvals.

Once NUSTAR is operational, it will provide a more “obstacle free” glidepath for commercial customers to access the National Airspace System (NAS) and open the door to potential business opportunities.

Andy Thurling, Chief Technology Officer – NUAIR Alliance


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