EASA publishes its opinion on the Regulatory Framework for the Operation of UAS

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) recently published this document –  ‘Opinion No 01/2018 – Introduction of Regulatory Framework for the Operation of UAS in the Open and Specific Categories.’ UVS International (UVSI),the leading international organisation dedicated to the promotion of remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), has provided an initial summary of the document.. The new proposals have differences in comparison to the original draft, registration requirements being one in particular. The requirement is to register the Operator but the UAV only needs registration under certain circumstances. There will be reduced distances permitted (5m) if the equipment has a number […]

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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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RNLI and HM Coastguard Challenge Briefing

RNLI and HM Coastguard Challenge Briefing

RNLI held its Technology Demonstrator Challenge briefing at the RNLI Training College in Poole on Monday 27th November.   It was very well attended with approx. 100 attendees drawn from a very wide spectrum of companies, from micro SMEs to multinationals, including ARPAS-UK members.   The organisers of the challenge stressed that they were keen for consortia to come together to address the Challenges, drawn from that spectrum. The over-arching objective of the Challenge was to demonstrate technical ‘Art of the Possible’ against a portfolio of SAR Design Reference Missions, using any unmanned platform or system that operates above the surface (water […]

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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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Update on the AIRSTART Laser Communications Pod

Update on the AIRSTART Laser Communications Pod

Part of the AIRSTART Project is focused on secure and robust communications using a low Size Weight and Power (SWaP) laser communication system. The video below provides some insight into the complexity of the system. For more information on this Gooch & Housego innovation for the AIRSTART Project click here.

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RNLI CALL TO REGISTER INTEREST – Search and Rescue in the 3rd Dimension Technology Demonstrator Challenge

RNLI CALL TO REGISTER INTEREST – Search and Rescue in the 3rd Dimension Technology Demonstrator Challenge

AIRSTART Partner RNLI is inviting registrations of interest for participation in the ‘Search and Rescue in the 3rd Dimension’ Technology Demonstrator Challenge to be held in Spring 2018. The RNLI, HM Coastguard and wider UK Search and Rescue Community believe that unmanned air platforms may one day be routinely used in SAR operations. In collaboration with manned platforms, they will increase SAR efficiency and save more lives, whilst reducing risk to our people. This demonstrator challenge is an exciting opportunity to inform the UK SAR community’s future requirements and for you to use your systems in a realistic operating environment. […]

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First test of hybrid electric propulsion system successful

First test of hybrid electric propulsion system successful

A self-contained engine test rig constructed by Rotron Power was integrated with Cranfield University’s motor-generator. The initial testing at Cranfield was to ensure the engine and motor would work correctly with each other including coupling and decoupling of the motor-generator with the engine in a running state. The engine incorporates a centrifugal clutch and one-way gear and the motor-generator has an in-built decoupling device). All of this formed the hybrid electric propulsion system (HEPS). With the engine test rig returned to Rotron Power, a load absorption device in the form of a propeller was attached to the motor to generate […]

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