ASTM WK57659

    New Specification for Design, Construction, and Verification of Fixed-Wing Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Standard

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    Developed by Subcommittee: F38.01 | Committee F38 | Contact Staff Manager


    1. Scope

    1.1 This specification covers the airworthiness requirements for the design of fixed-wing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). This specification defines the baseline design, construction, and verification requirements for a UAS. 1.2 At a minimum, a UAS is defined as a system composed of the unmanned aircraft and all required on-board subsystems, payload, control station, other required off-board subsystems, any required launch and recovery equipment, all required crew members, and command and control (C2) links between UA and the control station. 1.3 The intent is for this specification to standards of practice for CAA, self-, or third-party determinations of airworthiness for UAS. This specification provides the core requirements for airworthiness certification of lightweight UAS (not necessarily limited to UAs under 55 lbs GTOW) or for certain CAA operational approvals using risk-based categories. Additional requirements are envisioned to address the requirements for expanded operations and characteristics not addressed by this specification. 1.4 This practice is intended to support UAS operations. It is assumed that the risk of UAS will vary based on concept of operations, environment, and other variables. The fact that there are no human beings onboard the UAS may reduce or eliminate some hazards and risks. However, at the discretion of the civil aviation authority (CAA), this practice may be applied to other UAS operations. 1.5 Units--The values in inch-pound units are to be regarded as the standard. The values in SI are for information only. 1.6 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

    This specication is applicable to the design, construction, and verification of fixed-wing unmanned aircraft systems seeking civil aviation authority approval in the form of ight certicates, ight permits, or other like documentation.


    unmanned aircraft; unmanned aircraft system; UA; UAS

    The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.

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    Jonathan Daniels


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