NASA To Showcase Unmanned Traffic Management System Progress During June 6 Media Day

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — NASA will host a media day at several locations around the country to demonstrate its Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management system to journalists.

UTM would act as an air traffic control system for drones, allowing low-altitude flights across the U.S. airspace if successfully implemented nationwide.

The media day is part of a three-week campaign to test and refine the UTM system, which involves flying small drones beyond the pilot’s line of sight in sparsely populated areas to advance functional designs and UTM technology prototypes, according to a news release. Included in the national media campaign are cities in Alaska, California, New York and North Dakota.

Media attending the demonstrations will have the opportunity to speak with engineers, ask questions and watch an drone flight demonstrations at select sites, the release said.

North Dakota’s media day will start in Grand Forks at Robin Hall, the University of North Dakota’s UAS-focused academic building.

NASA asks that no additional drones be brought to demonstration sites.

NASA’s Ames Research Center will also host a Facebook Live event featuring UTM researchers on June 6 at 6 p.m. EDT.