SAE Standards Development

UAS Remote ID and Tracking Standard in Development

Remote identification and tracking capabilities have the potential to enable air traffic management of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and enhance safety, efficiency, and access to airspace.

In Europe, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) was tasked by the European Commission to develop a regulatory framework for drone operations, as well as concrete proposals for regulation of low-risk drone operations, and the organization has published an Introduction of a Regulatory Framework for the Operation of Drones.

In the U.S., the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) created the UAS Identification and Tracking (UAS ID) Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) to identify, categorize, and recommend available and emerging technology for the remote identification and tracking of UAS.

SAE International is a member of the FAA UAS ID ARC and has proposed the creation of an Aerospace Information Report, AIR6388—Remote Identification and Interrogation of Unmanned Aerial Systems. This document, being developed by the AS-4UCS Unmanned Systems Control Segment Architecture Committee, will provide information about current remote identification methods and practical considerations for remotely identifying UAS.

AIR6388 will address multiple UAS identification methods and cover all phases of unmanned systems operations (both vehicle in-flight and vehicle powered-off on the ground), and will capture various definitions, assumptions, limitations, and technologies proposed around the globe. Eventually, additional Aerospace Standard (AS) and Aerospace Recommended Practice (ARP) documents may be developed.

If you are interested in joining the AIR6388 Working Group, please contact Mark DeAngelo.