Imagine if long-haul trucking companies, mail couriers, and firefighters had to build their own roads to deliver their services to the public. Imagine if each airline had to commission and maintain navigation aids and build their own airports.
Requiring each participant in a transportation system to bring their own infrastructure isn’t scalable. Yet this is what commercial UAS operators face today if they want to conduct advanced drone operations.
Without any shared-use infrastructure to connect drone flights to a common system, high-value drone use cases remain grounded.
A system-of-systems approach helps enable recurring operations within the regulatory environment; meet aviation standards for safety, maintenance, and cyber-security; enable use cases that result in measurable economic and societal value; and provide the building blocks for future mobility.