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ANSI Unmanned Aircraft Systems Standardization Collaborative (UASSC)

ANSI Unmanned Aircraft Systems Standardization Collaborative

UASSC Overview

The UASSC’s mission is to coordinate and accelerate the development of the standards and conformity assessment programs needed to facilitate the safe integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) – commonly known as drones – into the national airspace system (NAS) of the United States. The collaborative is also focused on international coordination and adaptability, with the goal of fostering the growth of the UAS market. The group has developed a standardization roadmap which identifies existing standards and standards in development, as well as related conformance programs, defines where gaps exist, and recommends additional work that is needed. The roadmap includes proposed timelines for completion of the work and lists organizations that potentially can perform the work. The UASSC does not develop standards. Its purpose is to describe the current standards landscape, articulate standardization needs, drive coordinated standards activity, minimize duplication of effort, and inform resource allocation for standards participation.

ANSI announced the establishment of the UASSC in May 2017 following a meeting with UAS stakeholders. The formal kick-off meeting was held September 28, 2017 and a meeting to review a first draft of the roadmap was held September 20, 2018. A working draft of the Standardization Roadmap for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Version 1.0) was subsequently circulated for public review and comment. The UASSC working groups then reconvened to address the comments and finalize the document for publication.

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 Standardization Roadmap for Unmanned Aircraft Systems
     (Version 1.0, December 2018) (250 pages)

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Standards

 Access Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Standards.


As a general matter, ANSI undertakes to respond to national priorities on behalf of the community of interest with the expectation that those who benefit will provide funding to support the Institute’s engagement. While there is no fee associated with participating in the UASSC, ANSI welcomes financial support with appropriate recognition from those who are able to provide it. All sponsorship revenue will be directly applied to help offset the Institute’s costs of operating the UASSC. Details regarding future sponsorship opportunities will be forthcoming.


The UASSC draws participation from industry, government agencies, standards developing organizations (SDOs), and other interested stakeholders. Participation is open to UAS stakeholders that have operations in the U.S. Membership in ANSI is not a prerequisite and there is no fee to participate at this time.

To develop the roadmap, the UASSC established four working groups that typically held online meetings twice a month: WG1 covering airworthiness; WG2 covering general flight operations, personnel training, qualifications and certification; WG3 covering flight operations for critical infrastructure inspections and commercial services; and WG4 covering flight operations for public safety. Subject matter experts interested in participating are invited to review the WG architecture for more information and complete and return the sign-up sheet. Details regarding future activity will be forthcoming.

 View a list of UASSC participating organizations.
 View the UASSC working group architecture.
 View the UASSC working group sign-up sheet.

For those not wishing to participate actively, but who want to receive periodic informational updates about the UASSC, click here. By clicking this link, you consent to the ANSI PRIVACY POLICY. You also consent to allow ANSI to retain your personal information. You may receive communications from ANSI directly related to your request.


 Access the report of the September 20, 2018 ANSI UASSC plenary meeting.
 Access the slides and a recording of the September 6, 2018 orientation webinar.
 Access the report of the September 28, 2017 ANSI UASSC kick-off meeting.
 Access the report of the May 19, 2017 ANSI UAS standardization coordination     meeting.

Document Library

The UASSC Document Library is the repository for documents relating to the work of the collaborative.

 Access the document library (password access for UASSC members)


General inquiries can be sent to

Jim McCabe
Senior Director, Standards Facilitation
Tel: 212.642.8921;

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