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Two New Mexico tech firms receive $4million in NASA grants
Two New Mexico-based technology firms have been awarded nearly $4 million in research grants as part of a National Aeronautics and Space Administration project to the update unmanned flight program.
The Dryden Flight Research Center of Edwards Air Force Base in Calif. granted LE Tech of Santa Fe and Honeywell International of Albuquerque $2.9 million and $942,000. The Santa Fe company is charged with budget forecasting and cost assessment, while Honeywell will look into developing traffic models that assess safety and flight pattern risks.
In total, The Dryden Center distributed roughly $12 million in grants to six firms as part of its mission to expand and make safer unmanned aircraft while helping policy makers understand the available technology and its limitations.
From a Dryden Center press release:
Current Federal Aviation Administration safety of flight rules and certification standards were written with the assumption of having a pilot aboard the aircraft. These standards limit operation of unmanned aircraft systems in the national airspace. The goal…is to reduce technical barriers related to the safety and operational challenges associated with enabling routine access for unmanned aircraft systems to the [National Airspace System].
The awards were finalized in late September.