Rockwell Collins is working closely with government agencies such as the FAA and NASA to extend its service provider portal that offers National Airspace System (NAS) services to range of aircraft operators to include Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) operators. These UAS services, offered in a cloud infrastructure, are referred to as WebUASTM. In this paper, we will present the WebUASTM architecture — its layers of security, its adaptability to future FAA interfaces, and its organic growth capability as UAS applications expands. We will present its current architecture serving a scaled system of large and small UAS operators and its interfaces to air-traffic control. The paper will also show this current suite of services applied to representative railroad operations — weather, precision navigation, aircraft situation display (ASD), temporary flight restrictions and an authentication engine. One important aspect of WebUASTM is the separation of computational engines (e.g., authentications engine) from services infrastructure and the ability to use different engines either developed in-house or by 3rd party vendors for the same purposes. Mapping a specific computational engine to a service package depends on the service package and factors such as minimum cost to maximize capability for the specific operational needs but also use a set of “engine elements” to qualify an engine for a service package. In this paper, we will cover the “engine elements” studied by Rockwell Collins. These engine elements” will be applied to the sUAS notification and authentication engine currently addressed by the FAA…Read more

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