A UAS Traffic Management system can be defined as a set of distributed, interoperable services collaborating to the safe, secure and efficient integration of drones in civil airspace. Based on the principle that UTM as a whole will not be a monolithic and monopolistic system, collaboration is possible only if all services implement an interface accessible to other services. We will use the Flight Protocol Declaration published by the association (end of April 2017) as an example of how data exchanges can be implemented. We will then discuss the governance processes required to ensure that data exchange protocols serve the UTM community as a whole.
- Which data exchange protocols need to be created as the first priority?
- How can open protocols guarantee interoperability and data privacy?
- How deep should standardization and open source efforts go?
- Are there data exchange needs that open protocols can not or should not cover?