With unmanned aircraft poised for ever-wider use in military and civil roles, manufacturers are developing the first systems designed specifically to fly freely within national airspace, opening up untapped markets and operating realms that are currently off limits. But for established leaders in the field such as General Atomics-Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI), the question has been how to certify an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to the same stringent regulatory requirements as a piloted ...

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