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URSA’s Airspace Awareness and Near Mid Air Collision Analysis Platform (AAP-NMAC) 


Previously, only the FAA had access to the platform and the valuable insights it offers. Now everyone – regulators, investigators, journalists, and manned aircraft operators -can see how drones are operating in the U.S. airspace and the risks they pose to manned aircraft.

An example report will be available the week of November 8th. Sign up here to be on the distribution list.

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AAP – Airspace Awareness Platform

The ever-increasing number of Unmanned Autonomous Vehicles (UAV) within the national airspace creates a significant and growing risk to public safety.

URSA’s Airspace Awareness Platform now gives everyone the critical insights needed to monitor UAV activity and create safety and security – both on the ground and in the sky.

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UAV Behavior Insights for Everyone

URSA’s Airspace Awareness Platform (AAP) now provides everyone with easily accessible, objective insight into the who, what, where, when, why and how of drone behavior.

Initially used exclusively for a UAV risk analysis contract for the the FAA, URSA’s AAP is now available to regulators, investigators, journalists, and manned aircraft operators – anyone with an interest in how drones are operating in the national airspace.

Analyze UAV Traffic Patterns, Trends, and Safety Risks

Via URSA’s intuitive self- service platform, URSA consulting, or integration with numerous other platforms, users can now access a wide array of insights regarding UAV activity and behavior.

AAP turns terabytes of raw data – from a variety of sources – into intuitive visualizations and provides the data needed for comprehensive analysis of traffic, trends, regulatory compliance, and safety risks.

Answer Critical Safety Questions Quickly and Easily

  • Number of sUAS operating within and outside of Part 107 rules
  • sUAS traffic evolution over time
  • sUAS flight patterns and altitudes
  • Estimated registration rates for sUAS
  • Percentage of detected traffic not required to register with FAA and other regulatory bodies
  • Actual and forecasted economic potential of drone tracks by location, across the NAS, and over time
  • Continual improvements to safety and efficiency in UTM
  • Traffic risks associated with sUAS operations

The ability to answer these questions, and many more, is now available to anyone via a self-service platform, consulting relationships, or via integration into other vendor’s platforms.

URSA NMAC Analytics
Insights To Identify and Prevent UAV Near Mid Air Collisions (NMACs)

What is the likelihood that a pilot will encounter a near midair collision (NMAC) with an unmanned autonomous vehicle (UAV)?

NMACs may be the greatest risk UAV’s pose to public safety.

URSA’s NMAC analytics provides the insights needed to understand and prevent UAV NMACs. These analytics replaces subjective analysis with the objective data and visualizations needed to assess, understand, and act on problematic and unlawful UAV behavior.

Replace Subjective Assessments of Near Midair Collisions

URSA’s NMAC analysis replaces subjective assessments of near midair collisions with objective data and reporting.

Currently pilots, while in flight, visually identify and evade conflicting sUAS and then report estimates of range, altitude, and other associated flight information no tools to measure or examine the suspected drone.

AAP-NMAC provides comprehensive NMAC data sets, graphic representation of activity and additional analytical capabilities – all designed to ensure safety in the sky and on the ground.

Analyze Terabytes of Airspace Data – From Multiple Sources

Vendor agnostic, AAP-NMAC fuses UAV track data with manned aircraft track data to clearly identify and categorize close approaches and near midair collisions.

Identify and Classify sUAS-aircraft Encounters and Trends:

  • Areas of encounter risk
  • Lateral and vertical encounter separation distances
  • sUAS operator compliance with operational and altitude restrictions

Land use, weather, time of day, and various GIS layers relating to critical infrastructure offer valuable context that enables comprehensive incident analysis.

Address Issues, Share Analysis, Take Decisive Action, Include the Public

URSA’s NMAC analytics provides objective data, visualizations, and output that simplify the analysis and communication needed for decisions, action, and public conversation.


  • Map the location of all events
  • Share location files (.CSV) regarding all involved aircraft with identifying characteristics
  • Analyze facts associated with the incident in brief paragraph form

URSA simplifies the analysis and reporting process by providing key information that enables the rapid, accurate production of objective summaries.


Example Incidents
Analysts access data and information within NMAC to quickly generate reports similar to:

During the month of August 2021 there were five near mid-air collision (NMAC) events

All five incidents had less than 1,000 feet of horizontal separation and two were within 500 feet horizontally

Three incidents involved commercial flights and two separate incidents involved the same Part 135 helicopter

Four of the five incidents occurred over public park

The UAV was in excess of 300 feet above the helicopter in one incident

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Houston UAV Operations and Risk Analysis Study Briefing
An opportunity to understand UAV operations and risks in the Houston TX over the course of a year.
Participants will receive a live briefing to explain the data and analysis collected, highlight significant events and areas of interest, and to discuss with the participants possible concerns with providing this information to the public at a later date.
All participants at the briefing will receive a detailed report of UAV activity in the Houston area over a year’s time (August 2021 – August 2022). The report will highly a variety of statistics concerning UAV operations. The report will also focus on operations that potentially create risk for manned aircraft operations, critical infrastructure operators, and maritime security personnel. The report will not be available to anyone who does not attend the briefing.
The briefing is also an opportunity to directly engage with URSA to identify information and analysis that might be considered sensitive and to collectively address how to manage releasing this information to the public.