A Drone Superhighway? What's Next for Safe UAS Integration into the National Airspace

This October saw the first known collision between a manned commercial aircraft and an unmanned aircraft system, or drone, in North America. Fortunately, no passengers suffered injuries, and the plane landed safely and only experienced minor damage. Nonetheless, the possibility of drones flying in the path of an aircraft presents serious risks, and manned aircraft carriers are justly concerned. Unlike birds, which disintegrate easily, drones behave more like rocks as they pass through an engine, damaging parts and even creating a crash risk.

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