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ANSI Unmanned Aircraft Systems Standardization Collaborative (UASSC)

ANSI Unmanned Aircraft Systems Standardization Collaborative

UASSC Overview

The UASSC’s mission will be 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 will also focus on international coordination and adaptability, with the goal of fostering the growth of the UAS market. The group will work to develop a standardization roadmap over the course of a year to identify existing standards and standards in development, as well as related conformance programs, define where gaps exist, and recommend additional work that is needed. The roadmap will include a proposed timeline for completion of the work and list organizations that potentially can perform the work. The UASSC will not develop standards. The aim 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 circulated for public review and comment from 9/27-10/29. The UASSC working groups have reconvened to address the comments and finalize the document for publication.

 UASSC Brochure


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

 ASTM International / National Fire Protection Association Joint Working Group

Supporting partner

 Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International

USRD - AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems and Robotics Database is the largest comprehensive and searchable database of all unmanned vehicles and robotic products operating in the air, ground and maritime domains. Learn more.

Part 107 Interactive Report - On August 29, 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration implemented Part 107 of Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations, also known as the small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) rule. The interactive graphics in the report provide some information on these operators as well as the types of operations that have been authorized. View the report.

Defense Budget Report - For Fiscal Year 2019 (FY2019), President Donald J. Trump has requested $686 billion to fund the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). This research will provide insight into the requested funding for both procurement and research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E) of unmanned systems and robotics. View the report.

Associate partner

 DroneScape, PLLC

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.

 Additional information about sponsorship opportunities.


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: 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. The working groups are holding online meetings twice a month. Subject matter experts interested in participating are invited to review the WG architecture for more information and complete and return the sign-up sheet. A second face-to-face plenary meeting will be held once a first draft roadmap is available for review.

 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

Earl Lawrence, UASSC Co-Chair
Director, UAS Integration Office
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Brian Wynne, UASSC Co-Chair
President and CEO
Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI)

Jim McCabe
Senior Director, Standards Facilitation
Tel: 212.642.8921;

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