Thales Australia commissions UAV study

Oct. 18, 2013 at 2:08 PM

SYDNEY, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Implications for air traffic management of unmanned aerial vehicles using non-segregated air space in Australia is to be conducted by an Australian university.

The study by the Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation at Queensland University of Technology was commissioned by Thales Australia.

"UAVs are moving at a rapid pace beyond the military sphere into the realm of governments and the private sector," said Thales Australia Chief Executive Officer Chris Jenkins. "Their use will grow in the future, and air traffic management systems need to be ready ... for them.

"As the prime contractor for Australia's air traffic management system and a major exporter of the technology, we are uniquely placed to work closely with ARCAA and other stakeholders to progress the integration of UAVs into the existing [traffic management] framework."

ARCAA will identify key challenges associated with the routine operation of UAVs within the Australian airspace management system. Work will include identifying UAV airspace integration in other countries and operational concepts applicable to Australia.

No information on the length of the study was provided.

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