Access 5


Access 5

Access 5 is a national project sponsored by NASA and industry with participation by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and United States Department of Defense (DoD) to introduce high altitude long endurance (HALE) remotely operated aircraft (ROA) for routine flights in the National Airspace System (NAS). Access 5 commenced in May 2004 and is slated to run for five years. The project has received initial funding from NASA and guarantees of support from the ROA industry.

The goal of Access 5 is to enable what government and industry leaders believe will ultimately be a robust civil and commercial market for HALE ROA. The current lack of ready access to the NAS inhibits investment in ROA commercialization and the ability of users to obtain cost-effective ROA services. Access 5 seeks to remove the barriers to aviation's most compelling new offering in decades.

The project was terminated on February 28, 2006 after a reorganization of NASA's research program.

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