Assessing the Risks of Integrating Drones into the Nation’s Airspace – New Report June 11

The burgeoning technology of unmanned aircraft systems (UASs), also known as drones, has potential in many areas, from helping medical supply transportation to inspecting rail lines and assisting in firefighting.

A new congressionally mandated report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine examines the various risks and approaches toward safely integrating drones within the nation’s airspace system, and identifies research and development opportunities in the field.  

Advance copies of Assessing the Risks of Integrating Unmanned Aircraft Systems into the National Airspace System will be available to reporters only beginning at noon EDT on Friday, June 8. The report is embargoed and not for public release before 11 a.m. EDT on Monday, June 11. Reporters who wish to obtain a copy of the report should contact the Office of News and Public Information at tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail