PARIS, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- The European Space Agency has picked Thales Alenia Space to lead a nine-month study on satellite communications unmanned aerial systems.
The ESPRIT -- Emerging system concepts for UAS command and control via satellite -- study will focus on the provision of communication capacity for command-and-control to unmanned aircraft through civilian airspace.
UAVs are currently operated exclusively in so-called segregated airspace where they don't interfere with non-military aircraft.
As the leader of an industrial consortium for ESPRIT, Thales Alenia Space will study solutions at both spectrum and system levels. To cover all aspects of the domain, its team includes major actors in the aeronautical satellite communications, UAS, space systems and regulatory issues.
The European leader in satellite systems and a major player in orbital infrastructures, Thales Alenia Space has headquarters in Cannes, France. It is a joint venture between Thales of France and Finmeccanica of Italy.