Peng Wei and Kristin Y. Rozier | NSF

Investigator:

Peng Wei (Principal Investigator)
Kristin Y. Rozier, Thomas Schnell, Ella Atkins, George Hunter (Co-Principal Investigators)

Sponsor:

NSF

Award Title: 

Pre-Departure Dynamic Geofencing, En-Route Traffic Alerting, Emergency Landing and Contingency Management for Intelligent Low-Altitude Airspace UAS Traffic Management

Award Amount:

$1 Million

Award Period Date:

August 15, 2017 – July 31, 2020

 

Status:

Ongoing

Summary:

Iowa State University aerospace engineering assistant professors Peng Wei and Kristin Yvonne Rozier will lead a $1,000,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, creating a system to manage and monitor low-altitude air traffic.

Around the campus of Iowa State University, the sky can be bustling with helicopters, crop dusters, recreation planes, and personal unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). As technology improves, the sky is likely to get even more crowded. The increased traffic can present problems for pilots as well as people on the ground down below.

“In the United States, low-altitude is pretty busy compared with other countries,” said Peng Wei, an Iowa State assistant professor of aerospace engineering and principal investigator of a National Science Foundation grant. “We need to make sure we have a system to monitor this kind of traffic in both local airspace and also nation-wide so that we can have safe and efficient operations.”

Wei, along with Iowa State assistant professor Kristin Yvonne Rozier, University of Iowa professor Thomas Schnell, University of Michigan professor Ella Atkins, and George Hunter, principal data scientist at Mosaic ATM will create a way for the Federal Aviation Administration to maintain safe skies as they get more crowded. The team is specifically concerned with low-altitude, which the FAA defines as below 400 ft. above ground level.

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