Embry-Riddle Researchers Receive FAA Grants to Assure Drone Safety

Embry-Riddle received four grants totalling about $500,000, to develop safety standards for package-delivery drones and urban air taxis.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., March 8, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University researchers recently received four Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grants to assess risks and help develop safety protocols for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones, as they are increasingly integrated into such uses as package delivery and aerial taxi services.

The grants, totaling about $500,000, are intended to advance FAA efforts to “integrate UAS safely and efficiently into our nation’s airspace system, ultimately delivering new transportation and solutions and economic benefits for the American people,” said Acting U.S. Secretary of Transportation Steven G. Bradbury in a U.S. Department of Transportation press release.

The grants address four different aspects of drone safety — incorporating UAS data into the Aviation Safety Information…