Last week Alta Devices participated in the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Technical Analysis and Applications Center Conference (TAAC) in New Mexico. This is an annual conference for members of the UAS community and is now in its 17th year. Attendees included DoD, NASA, DHS, NOAA, FAA, BLM, USGS, AIA, academics, user groups and private industry.

Day 1 The day opened with a discussion from DoD and Homeland Security on the domestic and foreign use of Unmanned Aerial Systems. The day closed with a discussion of the proposed standards and certifications for operating small UAS, as well as a joint science and research panel from members of the FAA, DoD, and NASA. These discussions covered the key considerations for launching a UAV program as well as timelines for the various UAV programs at government agencies.

Day 2 The final day saw FAA and NASA present on how they are addressing the rapidly increasing number of small UAV/UAS platforms entering the national airspace. Discussions covered traffic management, air to air radar testing, certification status updates, as well as a panel on the FAA Pathfinder initiative to enable beyond visual line of sight flights (BLOS). Alta Devices is excited about the Pathfinder program as our solar technology directly benefits companies who want to extend flight endurance. The recent BNSF railway inspection project (Boeing Scan Eagle) is a great new use case for operating safely beyond visual line of sight.

We want to thank the organizing committee of UAS TAAC 2015 for another great event!

The Alta team wishes everyone happy holidays and a successful 2016.