UAS Separation Provision Service, do we need it?


UAS Separation Provision Service – do we need it?   

Low-altitude drone self-separation.

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UAS Separation Provision Service


April 7, 2022    10:00 - 11:30 EST

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The panel will discuss the considerable effort being put into the development of concepts for UAS cooperative avoidance provision in a UTM environment, building on strategic planning and usually supported by DAA to provide collision-avoidance. Whilst this is in line with ICAO's Conflict Management concept, given the advancement in miniaturized technologies, do we actually need a traditional separation layer, or could UAS be allowed to avoid themselves? 

Attendees will learn about state-of-the-art technologies and concepts that could challenge the accepted wisdom for separating large numbers of drones.

Who should determine the separation standards that need to defined in a UTM environment? Where will this discussion take place? 


Mr. Robin Garrity is the Senior External Affairs Officer and ATM Expert at the SESAR 3 Joint Undertaking. A member of ICAO’s UAS Advisory Group, Robin has been the lead technical and operational expert on the SESAR U-space programme since its inception in 2016. He has worked on wider civil and military UAS integration issues since 2001 and is a specialist on operational issues, including airspace integration and separation provision. Robin’s background is as an air traffic controller and ATM consultant in the United Kingdom.


Mr. Brendan Williams has more than 35 years of engineering experience across the aerospace industry including the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and the Boeing Company representing subsidiaries including Boeing Defence Australia (BDA), Boeing Research and Technology- Australia (BRT) and Insitu Pacific on both a local and global scale.  Williams is currently a Technical Fellow (TF) within Boeing Defence Australia's Office of Chief Engineer.

Mr. Louis Glaab has 36 years of service at NASA LaRC and is currently serving as the Acting Branch Head for the Aeronautical Systems Engineering Branch (ASEB) in the Engineering Directorate as well as Tech Lead for the High Density Vertiplex (HDV) project.  He brings to this position experience in subsonic wind-tunnel testing, human factors research, aerosciences, entry, descent and landing, and unmanned aerial systems (UAS).  He received his B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo in 1986 and received an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from George Washington University (GWU) in 1988.

Mr. Joost Ellerbroek is an assistant professor with the CNS/ATM chair in the Control and Operations department of the faculty of Aerospace Engineering. He teaches several BSc and MSc courses, and supervises MSc and PhD students. His current research includes, amongst others, urban airspace design for drones, topics of airspace complexity and capacity analysis, separation algorithms, and several other ASAS-related studies. He is currently involved in several European drone-related projects.

Dr. Marcus Johnson is a Subproject Manager for the High Density Vertiplex Subproject under the Advanced Air Mobility project. Over the last 12 years he has conducted research on the development, testing, and integration of UAS and other new entrants into the national airspace, including NASA's Advanced Air Mobility National Campaign, the UAS Traffic Management Project, and the UAS integration in the NAS Project. He holds a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from the University of Florida.

Mr. Moshe Cohen is the Co-Founder and CEO of Ciconia Ltd.  Led the development of the flight tested C&CAS (Coordination & Collision Avoidance System), a decentralized, hybrid, midair conflict management system.  
The C&CAS bridges the technological, cultural, and operational gaps between all users of low altitude airspace, enabling a far more intensive use of the airspace.
Moshe (retired Col.,  Israeli Air Force), has logged over 5000 flight hours in complex operations as a helicopter pilot and commander.  Before founding Ciconia, he held managerial positions in a several industries.   Moshe holds a Master's Degree in Financial Management from the Naval Post Graduate School (Monterey CA.) and a Master's Degree in Political Science from Haifa University, Israel.

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