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Unmanned Aircraft
Systems Standardization
Collaborative (UASSC)

Overview

The ANSI UASSC’s mission is to coordinate and accelerate the development of the standards and conformity assessment programs needed to facilitate the safe integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) – commonly known as drones – into the national airspace system (NAS) of the United States. The collaborative is also focused on international coordination and adaptability. The overarching goal is to foster the growth of the UAS market, with emphasis on civil, commercial, and public safety applications. The aim is to describe the current and desired future standardization landscape, articulate standardization needs, drive coordinated standards activity, minimize duplication of effort, and inform resource allocation for standards participation.

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USSC standardization roadmap

The UASSC released version 1.0 of its standardization roadmap in December 2018, and version 2.0 in June 2020. Like its predecessor, version 2.0 of the roadmap identifies existing standards and standards in development, defines where gaps exist, and makes recommendations for priority areas where there is a perceived need for additional standardization including pre-standardization research and development (R&D). The roadmap includes proposed timelines for completion of the work and lists organizations that potentially can perform the work.

Issues are addressed under the broad headings of: Airworthiness; Flight Operations; Personnel Training, Qualifications, and Certification; Infrastructure Inspections; Environmental Applications; Commercial Services; Workplace Safety; and Public Safety Operations. The document also includes brief overviews of the UAS activities of the FAA, other U.S. federal government agencies, standards developing organizations (SDOs), and various industry groups.

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Tracking Standardization Gaps

The UASSC roadmap describes 71 gaps where no published standard currently exists to respond to a particular industry need. When a standards developer or other organization initiates or completes work in a specific area identified in one of those gaps, an update is made to the Gaps Progress Report. These updates will re-published periodically as work continues.

UASSC Member Documents

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Staff Contact

Have a question or need help? Email uassc@ansi.org

Jim McCabe

Senior Director, Standards Facilitation

Phone:
212.642.8921

Email:
jmccabe@ansi.org

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