Phase One Prize Winner: Pierce Aerospace

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Pierce Aerospace proposes a concept to rapidly deploy commercially available high-quality sensors to an incident commander through a pre-approved identification and tracking mechanism (Remote ID) actively in development for the commercial and civil identification and tracking of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). In the near future numerous commercial UAS with high quality sensors will be operational over airspace all across the nation. These sensors provide tremendous opportunities for utilization of first responders, but those UAS and their operators must first pass through an approval process to be granted access to airspace overhead of an emergency.

Pierce Aerospace’s Flight Portal ID (FPID) technology suite is a collection of technologies designed to positively identify, authenticate, assure, and verify the identity of an individual piloting a UAS. This technology is designed to meet the requirements of the FAA for their Remote ID and Tracking Rule – which requires nearly all UAS pilots in the United States to equip their aircraft with a local broadcast Remote ID capability. This effectively puts a digital license plate on every drone. This rule goes into full effect in September 2023. Commercially, this rule and Remote ID equipment lay the foundation for advanced UAS to scale for advanced flight activities, such as commercial delivery. These advanced commercial aircraft are equipped with advanced sensors, which could be utilized in emergency situations, but those aircraft need to verify their identities and credentials prior to public safety and first responders capabilities to take advantage of those sensors.