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NASA UTM 2017: National Campaign
The highly successful National Campaign was executed between May and June at six test sites
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NASA UTM 2016: Technology Capability Levels 1 and 2
In 2016, UTM moved into high gear with the completion of two demonstrations, TCL 1 and TCL 2.
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NASA UTM 2015: The Next Era of Aviation
The NASA Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Traffic Management (UTM) Convention was held July 28-30.
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NASA UTM in 2016: Technology Capability Levels 1 and 2 Completed


In 2016, NASA UTM moved into high gear with the completion of two demonstrations, Technical Capability Levels 1 and 2 (TCL 1 and 2).

TCL 1 was completed in August 2016. Conducted at Crows Landing, in the Central Valley of California, just south of Modesto, this location was selected due to its remote, mostly unpopulated area, with minimal general aviation traffic in the area. TCL 1 enabled multiple operations under constraints. The application for this first field test was within visual line of sight.

TCL 2 was completed in October 2016 at the Reno-Stead Airport, expanding TCL 1 to demonstrate beyond visual line of sight. This flight demonstration focused on three areas: 1) Feasibility; 2) Functionality; and 3) Applicability and Integration. TCL 2 enabled expanded multiple operations.
    • Feasibility was successfully demonstrated by safely conducting multiple beyond visual line-of-sight operations using a traffic management system
    • Functionality successfully demonstrated the key functions that support multiple beyond visual line-of-sight operations
    • Applicability and Integration was achieved by the successful integration of numerous partner UAS systems into UTM, and evaluation of the utility of the shared operation information. Operator feedback and human factors assessments aided in establishing information-sharing requirements in nominal and off-nominal conditions.

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