Consortium to study integration of UAVs into civil airspace

  • 10-Feb-2010 02:09 EST

The European Defense Agency (EDA) selected an Astrium and EADS Defense & Security (DS) consortium to lead a six-month study to demonstrate that by using satellite communications it is feasible to integrate UAVs into civil airspace. DS has more than 30 years of experience with UAVs, and Astrium will determine how and what satellite-based services are needed to operate the UAVs safely in civil airspace. Integrating UAVs into civil airspace would enable them to be used to assist in a variety of civil and para-civil applications, including maritime patrol, border surveillance, agricultural monitoring, weather/atmospheric data collection, and high-altitude geological and infrastructure mapping. The consortium comprises 11 members including Astrium, DS, QinetiQ, ISDEFE, and IABG.

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