NASA stated: "This historic flight has enabled the United States to further normalize the operation of drones in the airspace used by commercial and private pilots." The aircraft is operated remotely by ground pilots and is equipped with a series of high-tech systems. Can help it fly and avoid collisions in the air. Detection-avoidance techniques include radar systems and satellite positioning systems carried on aircraft that can inform other aircraft about the location of Ikhana.
Ikhana took off from Edwards Air Force Base in California and cruised through an airspace shared with commercial flights at an altitude of 20,000 feet (about 6,100 meters). NASA said that UAVs could be used to respond to forest fires in the future and provide emergency search and rescue services. The space agency also expects the technology may be used for general aviation aircraft.
Ikhana is part of the integration of UAS systems in NASA's National Airspace Systems project, which is focused on the safe integration of remotely piloted aircraft into the same airspace as human-powered aircraft.