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NASA’s Scalable Traffic Management for Emergency Response Operations (STEReO) team holds kickoff meeting with United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
(Jan 19, 2021)
NASA's Scalable Traffic Management for Emergency Response Operations (STEReO) team signed an interagency agreement with the United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service with the goal to share knowledge and skills to develop an aviation traffic management system for use in wildland fire response efforts. The two groups held a kickoff meeting on December 15th, 2020.

In the summer of 2020, NASA's STEReO team and the U.S. Forest Service signed an interagency agreement to continue research on improving wildland fire aviation safety over the next five years. The group held a remote kickoff meeting on December 15th, 2020. NASA has developed a traffic management system for UAS and wants to extend those capabilities for emergency responses such as wildland fire fighting. NASA's STEReO team has leveraged the UAS traffic management concept, communications, and networking technology to develop a field deployable airspace management system, capable of providing airspace management for UAS even in remote locations. Over the next five years, this collaboration will lay the foundation and framework of an airspace management system for the interagency wildland fire traffic area.

NASA develops new ways to connect - through research and development of communications technology and air traffic management systems, we can better understand and help overcome the challenges faced when fighting wildland fires. The interagency wildland fire agencies have a need to increase safety within the Fire Traffic Area for both manned and unmanned aerial platforms, potentially in environments without an established or reliable communications network.
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