FAQ

HATS Systems

What is J-HATT?

J-HATT is a new unmanned aircraft system (UAS) ground control station (GCS) that has been developed by HATS for NASA.  It is designed to augment NASA’s current testbed capabilities, with particular focus on human automation teaming, and to provide an industry standard for UAS GCS used in the national airspace.

What is M-HATT?

M-HATT is a proposed innovative multiple UAS GCS testbed, with a customizable architecture.   An initial outline of its proposed functions and structures was developed under a NASA sponsored Small Business Innovation Research grant (SBIR) to HATS, with development being continued by HATS.  M-HATT is designed to provide an initial GCS testbed which will allow concurrent management of very large numbers of UAS. In order to support a rapid research and development cycle, it will allow the integration of new functions/capabilities without making substantial code changes.  HATS intends to use the work on M-HATT (and J-HATT) to bring new GCS products to market.

Why were J-HATT and M-HATT developed?

The J-HATT and M-HATT projects are intended to provide fast prototyping platforms for the development of modernized UAS ground control systems.  These systems, dependent as they are on increasingly autonomous technologies, will eventually perform many tasks, such as aid in search and rescue efforts, deliver packages, medicine, mail etc. – especially to remote areas – and monitor traffic.   J-HATT and M-HATT have been specifically developed to address how to dissolve the boundaries between the humans and automation in these systems.

Is HATS funded by NASA?

Currently, HATS receives over 90% of its funding from NASA through contracts and Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants. This funding has supported ground station technology development and participation in NASA simulation and flight tests.

What is a UAS? What is a UAV?

An unmanned aircraft system (UAS) is one or more unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs/drones), along with an associated ground control station and its human operator.

How are IA systems different from AI systems?

In machine learning and cognitive science, Artificial Intelligence (AI) refers to the systematic programming of machines to mimic certain human cognitive capabilities – thus creating intelligent machines. This technology typically requires human experts to laboriously program specific abilities in order to establish the machine’s functional capabilities.  Increasingly Autonomous systems (IAs) focus on self-directed activities that do not require continuous oversight by humans, and may or may not involve significant amounts of AI.

What are FAA regulatory requirements for flying unmanned aircrafts?

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires hobby or recreational flying devices (i.e., model aircraft) to be registered and to adhere to a range of restrictions such as remaining within line of sight of the operator and avoiding certain areas, such as locales surrounding airports.  The use of UAS for business purpose requires prior FAA approval.  There are presently multiple methods of gaining FAA approval for flying civil, non-governmental UAS.  Currently, these processes are in flux as the FAA adapts to the increasing use of UAS.  For more information on safety guidelines and commercial certification, please visit FAA.gov.

What are the future expectations for the UAS industry?

According to Business Insider, the market for commercial drones is expected to expand at an estimated annual growth rate of 19% between 2015 and 2020.  Initiatives to invest in emerging drone technology have skyrocketed although adequate regulation is still in development.  HATS has the advantage of working closely with NASA which, working with the FAA, will be fundamentally responsible for helping shape the nature and scope of future UAS operations.

How can I learn more about partnering with HATS?

To inquire about business opportunities with HATS, or to request further information, contact HATS at 818 921 6166 or at info@hats.solutions.