Five cities selected to develop future of drone operations

Five pioneering cities have been chosen to participate in the Flying High Challenge to design how drone technology could operate in complex city environments to address local needs. This announcement follows an open call launched in November 2017 by Nesta’s Challenge Prize Centre as part of the Flying High Challenge, developed in partnership with Innovate UK. Bradford, London, Preston, Southampton and the West Midlands will now work with the Flying High team over the next five months to look at how drones could be used in their communities. One of the chosen cities, Southampton, one of the UK’s major port […]

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CAA Publish CAP 1627 – Drone Safety Risk: An assessment

The CAA has recently published CAP 1627 – Drone Safety Risk: An assessment. This reviews the unintentional safety risk of UAV usage. At the time of publication there had been seven confirmed cases of direct in flight contact between drones and civil or military manned aircraft worldwide. There have been no known collisions between small drones and manned aircraft in the UK. However, the number of occasions where pilots have reported suspected drones in proximity to their aircraft in the UK is increasing; there were 59 such occasions between April 2016 and March 2017. Two of these involved large passenger aircraft […]

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The Future Is Today – March 16, 2018

The Future Is Today – March 16, 2018

If you are an SME involved in the RPAS industry this might just be the event for you. The Future Is Today which takes place on March 16 in the Municipality of Woensdrecht (NL) is a full day of knowledge sharing and inspiration in the field of remote sensing, with live demonstrations. The event is run by ICARes a cross-border collaborative innovation cluster which creates the necessary conditions for innovation in the field of remote sensing and advanced data communication and processing for the sectors of Nature, Agriculture and Water & Infrastructure. The event is aimed at SMEs and you can register […]

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Government Publishes Industrial Strategy White Paper

Government Publishes Industrial Strategy White Paper

The Government published its Industrial Strategy White Paper on Monday 27th November. While broad and far-reaching, it also refers to 4 Grand Challenges, one of which is to “put the UK at the forefront of the artificial intelligence and data revolution”. This Challenge has the opportunity to include drones and drone operations as in the current Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. Further details from the White Paper, which may be of interest, are summarised below. PM foreword: “[Industrial Strategy] identifies the industries that are of strategic value to our economy and works to create a partnership between government and industry to […]

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Government to publish drone/UAV legislation in Spring 2018

Government to publish drone/UAV legislation in Spring 2018

The Government has announced its plans to publish legislation in Spring 2018. As part of this, it will publish a draft Drone Bill and consultation which will look at mandating the use of safety awareness apps and extend police powers to investigate and address drone incidents on the ground. Here is the full text of the Department for Transport press release from 26th November: New powers for police to address illegal and unsafe use of drones Police are set to be given powers to prevent the unsafe or criminal use of drones as part of a new package of legislation. The […]

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