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NOAA UAS Program Presents for a Second Time at the Federal UAS Workshop at NASA Ames

NOAA UAS Program briefs Data Management for Environmental Intelligence: A Case Study for the End-to-End Utilization of High- and Low-altitude Unmanned Aircraft Systems

The NOAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Program Office’s John “JC” Coffey presented the opportunities to expand and transition into routine operations UAS observational capabilities that stand to benefit the organization’s objectives and society at large. Coffey highlighted the importance of data management to provide reliable, real-time environmental intelligence to our science and operational “end-users”.  He also discussed the initial results of assessing the potential operational and cost benefits of unmanned systems to many of NOAA’s operational centers around the country in situations of impending high-impact weather or rapid response events. 

The Federal Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Workshop was held March 28-30 2017, NASA Ames Research Center bldg 3, Moffett Field, Mountain View, CA with the following goals: 

  1. Align Federal efforts where advantageous, promote partnerships
  2. Discuss new and emerging capabilities (e.g., payloads, platforms, communications, onboard processing, data processing and integration, data management)
  3. Share current experiences, including lessons learned, and future plans
  4. Explore science opportunities with emerging new tools (High Altitude Long Endurance, Payload Directed Flight) 

Coffey’s presentation (attached) was an overview of the multipurpose nature of unmanned technology and how it may be poised to help us take great strides toward achieving NOAA’s strategic goal from high to low altitude and Pole to Pole.