NASA is moving to the next phase of detect-and-avoid testing after a capstone flight in which its Ikhana large unmanned aircraft system (UAS) flew in the national airspace system (NAS) without a chase aircraft to ensure safety. The 2.5-hr. flight on June 12, from Armstrong Flight Research Center at Edwards AFB, California, validated FAA standards for detect-and-avoid (DAA) systems developed by NASA and extensively tested in previous flight campaigns. NASA’s flight has been hailed as ...

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