Titania was tasked by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to build data visualizations of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) flight activity at six FAA Test Sites in support of the UAS Integration Office and their deliverable report to Congress due in 2017. The supporting information would demonstrate integration of UAS into the National Airspace System. The customer was already collecting UAS operational metrics and safety related information using an existing web-based platform. As Titania technical resources began to examine the data available from the system, it became clear that the data was not being captured in a way that supported automated data analysis making metric compilation difficult.
Once Titania had discovered the issue related to the consistency and quality of the data, our engineers informed the FAA and offered multiple solutions to address the existing data collection challenges. After performing a feasibility analysis of each of these alternatives, ultimately Titania recommended developing a new capability to collect information directly from the FAA Test Sites. Titania’s technical team rapidly identified a suitable interim platform upon which to deploy a data collection capability leveraging an Agile development methodology. The design of the system used standards-based web technologies that will facilitate migration to a central enterprise platform in the future should the FAA decide to increase the scope of the effort.
Titania’s approach provided the FAA with both an initial, robust data collection capability, and also an extensible solution that can be rapidly updated as data collection needs of the FAA and Test Sites change. The system and solution continues to evolve and now collects non-flight based research and training information. Current efforts underway will extend the system to other research and non-research entities from which the FAA needs to collect UAS operational information.