August 2019: NASA Commends DRAW Team
The ATD-3/Dynamic Routes for Arrivals in Weather (DRAW) team successfully completed its fifth Human-in-the-Loop (HITL) simulation in the NASA Ames Traffic Control (ATC) simulation laboratory in early August 2019. A major achievement of HITL simulation was the integration of the NASA DRAW technology with the latest version of the FAA Time-Based Flow Management (TBFM) tool.
DRAW computes conflict-free routes around weather and offers a trial planning capability that presents the weather conflict information and schedule impacts to TMCs in real time.
The DRAW software team consists of staff from USRA, Crown, and MSAG. One of the NASA lead researchers expressed tremendous appreciation for the efforts of the software team: “The ATD-3/DRAW software development team did excellent job for our HITL simulation evaluation study. Because of their hard work and painstaking attention to the details, the DRAW team was able to successfully complete the HITL simulation, which was one of the ATD-3 project’s major milestones. DRAW team is fortunate to have such a talented and dedicated software development team.”
26 March 2019: Crown Supports Significant NCDOT UAS Integration Pilot Program
Earlier today, an announcement was made in Raleigh of a partnership between UPS and Matternet to launch the first routine UAS medical package delivery revenue service in the United States under the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s (NCDOT) FAA UAS Integration Pilot Program (IPP). This announcement combined with the launch of a revenue delivery service marks some of the most significant breakthroughs to date in applying UAS technology. UPS is one of the largest cargo airlines in the world and its entry into this market signals a coming expansion of UAS in routine delivery in the U.S.
Crown Consulting is proud to have contributed to this path breaking advance in service delivery. For the past year, Crown has supported NCDOT in its development of the foundations for UAS medical package revenue delivery service as part of the FAA’s UAS IPP. The UPS-Matternet partnership will operate a revenue VLOS route that traverses the WakeMed Hospital campus in Raleigh with portions of the route involving flight over pedestrians and an active city street. To set the groundwork for this service, Crown’s engineers assisted NCDOT and its partners in crafting waiver documentation, conducting risk analysis, drafting mitigation plans, and developing safety cases.
As the NCDOT moves forward in instituting even more challenging uses for UAS, including BVLOS missions, Crown will continue to support the agency’s initiatives. We welcome the opportunity to apply our vast background in aviation – experience that encompasses contributions to commercial airspace operations, ground and airborne automation, and the development of Urban Air Mobility concepts.
15 June 2018: Crown Wins New UAS Contract
Crown Consulting, Inc. was selected for the UAS specialized support contract with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT). Officially titled the Unmanned Aerial Systems Specialized Limited Services Contract (UAS SLC), the contract will support NCDOT’s Division of Aviation in a wide variety of aviation-related projects, with particular emphasis on drone operations. North Carolina endeavors to become a national leader in the rapidly expanding drone industry. Crown’s approach will engage in shaping and informing NC DOT’s strategic roadmaps and ConOps for developing a statewide UTM system and integrating UAS operations across the department. With North Carolina’s recent selection as an FAA UAS Integration Pilot Program site, the stage is set for rapid progress and ground-breaking flight operations. Crown is excited to play a key part in the state’s ambitious effort to develop drone technologies and flight capabilities.
Dr. Tom Edwards, as Crown’s UAS Practice Lead, along with Mr. Tom Davis, Crown’s NASA Business VP, spearheaded this effort and positioned Crown to provide a valuable offer for NCDOT. Tom Edwards and Tom Davis both bring decades of research and management experience on the forefront of aviation research working with government and industry, serving in senior leadership roles at NASA Ames Research Center. Crown provides UAS support to both NASA and the FAA. Our teams actively contribute to and lead research for UAS, UTM, and Urban Air Mobility (UAM), and Crown specialists support the FAA UAS in the NAS program with COA, policy, and rulemaking. We are pleased to add NCDOT as a new client and to diversify our experience and contributions to the UAS ecosystem.
December 2019: Crown joins GUTMA!
Crown is excited to be a member of GUTMA: www.gutma.org!
The Global UTM Association (GUTMA) is a non-profit consortium of worldwide Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management (UTM) stakeholders. Its purpose is to foster the safe, secure and efficient integration of drones in national airspace systems. Its mission is to support and accelerate the transparent implementation of globally interoperable UTM systems.
Crown's Subject Matter Experts will be actively participating in GUTAM working processes which will enable implementation of UTM across the world and US.