EU agencies continue cooperation on drones

Feb. 7, 2014 at 10:48 AM
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BRUSSELS, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- The European Defense and Space agencies have agreed to continue cooperating on the use of drones in non-segregated airspace.

The organizations, part of the European Union, said this week they are to continue their collaboration on remotely piloted aircraft systems that began in the initial phase of the DeSIRE I project.

That 2012-2013 project demonstrated the use of satellites to enable the insertion of remotely piloted aircraft systems, or RPAS, in non-segregated airspace in Europe for maritime surveillance services.

The DeSIRE II project will demonstrate that services such as environment and maritime surveillance applications, can be performed with drones flying beyond radio line of sight through the use of safe and secure satellite-based command-and-control data links.

"This demonstration project will also seek to illustrate the benefits of the integration of space assets, such as communication satellites, navigation satellites and Earth observation satellites, with terrestrial infrastructure for enabling new services," the agencies said in a release. "It will further tackle the implementation of an initial set of elements for air traffic management and related safety issues in order to support the evolution of air traffic insertion regulations and standards."

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