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Media Invited to First Test of Multiple Drones Flying Beyond Line-of-Sight with UTM

Media Invited to First Test of Multiple Drones Flying Beyond Line-of-Sight with UTM

Drone Co-habitation Services operates a Phantom 3 commercial multi-rotor unmanned aircraft, one of 11 vehicles in the UTM TCL2 demonstration that will fly beyond line of sight of the pilot in command in Nevada test. Credits: NASA/Dominic Hart


October 13, 2016


Media are invited to watch the first beyond visual line of sight test of NASA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Traffic Management (UTM) research platform from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. PDT Wednesday, Oct. 19, at Reno-Stead Airport in Reno, Nevada.

During this test, five drones will fly beyond the line-of-sight of their human operators-in-control in order to test the planning, tracking and alerting capabilities of NASA’s UTM research platform — a critical step in the development of the technology and procedures for the safe management of drone air traffic. From this test, NASA, in collaboration with the Federal Aviation Administration, will collect data critical to refining its UTM research.  Because this is a test, all necessary safety precautions are taken and every vehicle will be visually monitored continuously by observers to ensure test safety while being in beyond visual line of sight of the operator-in-command. 

To attend this event, media must contact Sharon Lozano at by 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, and arrive by 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Nevada Unmanned, Autonomous & NextGen Collaborative Environment (NUANCE) Lab. The NUANCE Lab is located at 4895 Texas Ave.

Media viewing the test from NUANCE will be able to watch the drone flight paths on large video displays, in a 3-D virtual environment. NASA engineers will be on hand to describe what is happening during the test. Information booths and test drones will be set up to provide more information, and experts will be available for interviews.

For background information about this test, visit:

For more information about NASA aeronautics, visit:

J. D. Harrington
Headquarters, Washington

Sharon Lozano
Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.