Saturday, January 22, 2022

FCC to establish innovation zone for UAS spectrum experiments

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released its agenda for its August 5 Commission meeting, which includes a draft Public Notice announcing expanded Innovation Zones, including a Zone at North Carolina State University in Raleigh called the Aerial Experimentation and Research Platform for Advanced Wireless (AERPAW). AERPAW will study new use cases for advanced wireless technologies for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

The draft public notice states that “AERPAW will focus on how cellular networks and advanced wireless technologies can enable beyond visual line-of-sight unmanned aerial systems to accelerate development, verification, and testing of transformative advances and breakthroughs in telecommunications, transportation, infrastructure monitoring, agriculture, and public safety.”

“Notably,” the draft public notice continues, “the AERPAW testbed will be the first platform to allow testing at scale of open 5G-and-beyond solutions in unmanned aerial system verticals.”

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