UAV-TEST will appeal to avionics manufacturers external to NASA that are developing and/or researching concepts and technologies aimed at the integration of UAVs into the NAS, for many of the same reasons as NASA would benefit. Research organizations (e.g., MITRE, Volpe) and universities may also benefit from this application, as they are often interested in conducting research within the scope of this same environment. Beyond the commercial aviation sector, there are extensive military applications for UAV-TEST ranging from Defense, Homeland Security, and Intelligence. They, too, have a need to conduct costly simulations for training or evaluation, many involving unmanned vehicles, and could benefit greatly from a self-initiated process of rapid testbed configuration.
Within the Concepts and Technology Development Project, UAV-TEST will provide the capability to efficiently progress through critical study activities, such as measure authoring, research question development, and configuration of data visualizations. The rapid assessment capability will help meet multiple milestones cited in previous reference materials within the Airspace Systems Program. Similarly, other research groups within the Systems Analysis, Integration, and Evaluation (SAIE) Project and the Aviation Safety Program (ASP) conduct research activities with comparable needs. The end benefit for these groups would be a more flexible and streamlined research preparation process culminating with rapid assessments in the form of targeted data visualizations.