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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. The overarching goal is to foster the growth of the UAS market, with emphasis on civil, commercial, and public safety applications. The aim is to describe the current and desired future standardization landscape, articulate standardization needs, drive coordinated standards activity, minimize duplication of effort, and inform resource allocation for standards participation.

The UASSC 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 itself does not develop standards.

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 roadmap was subsequently circulated for public review and comment. The UASSC working groups then reconvened to address the comments and finalize the roadmap version 1.0 for publication in December 2018.

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

The UASSC initiated a version 2.0 update to the roadmap with a kickoff plenary meeting on September 12, 2019 in Washington, DC. Goals for version 2.0 include expanding the content to include topics such as spectrum, urban air mobility, and recreational operations, etc., bringing in subject matter experts not previously involved, identifying potentially overlooked gaps, tracking progress to address the roadmap recommendations, reviewing priorities, and otherwise incorporating feedback.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Standards

 Access Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Standards.


ANSI extends its appreciation to the UASSC sponsors for their generous support:

Founding Partner
Federal Aviation Administration

Premier Partner
U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate

Supporting Partner

Associate Partner

Promotional Partners
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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.

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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 has established four working groups that typically hold 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.

 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 12, 2019 ANSI UASSC plenary meeting.

 Access the report of the September 20, 2018 ANSI UASSC plenary meeting.

 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)
Melissa Wylie Program Administrator, Standards Facilitation Tel: 212.642.4996


General inquiries can be sent to

Jay Merkle, UASSC Co-Chair
Executive Director, UAS Integration Office
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Chris Martino, UASSC Co-Chair
Vice President, Operations
Helicopter Association International

Jim McCabe
Senior Director, Standards Facilitation
Tel: 212.642.8921;

Melissa Wylie
Program Administrator, Standards Facilitation
Tel: 212.642.4996

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