We're highlighting drones news this week, with a number of stories supporting the commitment of autonomous drone technology to safety and innovation in the industry.
First up is the news that Everdrone have been awarded a patent to enable drone operations in complex airspace. The recently approved patent relates to a method of comparing camera data in order to automatically validate that the onboard sensors are working correctly, thereby making drone operations safer.
We also see that Airservices Australia have issued an RFI for a integrated surveillance system. An Integrated drone surveillance platform will allow Airservices the ability to maintain safety across Australian airports that service both domestic and international traffic. An integrated capability will enable Airservices to detect, classify, recognise, and identify potential threats to airspace around our aerodromes.
And finally, this week, Eurocae released a draft document for open consultation in collaboration with US standards agency RTCA, and are working jointly to develop standards applicable to Counter Unmanned Aircraft Systems.
We think it's promising to see that drone technology has advanced significantly in the past few years, becoming an integral part in managing safety, aiding disaster relief, delivery, and myriad business and consumer applications around the world.
Stagnation instead of recovery - DFS - DFS, the German air navigation service provider, does not expect air traffic volumes in Germany to stage a quick comeback. According to its latest forecast, volumes will only reach about 45 percent of their pre-pandemic levels by December. A return to the traffic situation of the previous year is not expected until 2025.
Air traffic service NATS reveals land sale plans as part of COVID response - Air traffic service provider, NATS is putting acres of land at sites across the country up for sale as part of its response to the COVID-19 crisis. NATS owns a number of sites where traditionally it has stationed multiple radars, radio masts and accommodation, however advances in technology mean many of these sites now stand largely empty and unmanned and can be sold without impacting NATS’ ability to provide a service.
Micro Nav adds expertise to CANSO Cybersecurity publication - As a member of CANSO‘s Cyber Safety Task Force, Micro Nav’s IT Manager, David Bain, shared his expertise in contributing to CANSO’s recently published Standard of Excellence in Cybersecurity that brings together best practices, knowledge and experience from various industry experts.
Indra to deliver air traffic surveillance system at Athens Airport - Indra has received a contract from Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (HCAA) in Greece to deliver air traffic surveillance system and radars at Athens International Airport.
UFA delivers tower simulator systems to Kent State University - UFA installed two ATTower Simulators at the College of Aeronautics and Engineering (CAE) at Kent State University (KSU).
Public pressure grows on aviation industry to act on climate change - NATS - Public pressure to reduce flying’s impact on the environment has seen a substantial increase over the past year, according to new research commissioned by air traffic service, NATS.
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Airservices Australia issues RFI for an integrated drone surveillance system - Unmanned airspace - Airservices Australia is in the process of gathering information relating to the provision of an Integrated Drone Surveillance System. The company has issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking information from industry on the key elements that may constitute such a system.
EUROCAE releases first counter UAS standards document for open consultation in collaboration with RTCA - Unmanned airspace - European standards agency EUROCAE has released the draft document relating to ‘Operational Services and Environment Definition for Counter-UAS in controlled airspace’ ED-286, the first of three documents due release in the next eight months.
Everdrone awarded a patent to enable drone operations in complex airspace - Everdrone, a global leader in autonomous drone technology, announces today that it has been approved for its first patent by the European Patent Office (EPO). Everdrone’s latest patented technology focuses on combining vision technology with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to allow drones to fly safely and accurately in low altitude airspace where obstacles such as buildings and vegetation are often present.
AirMap Welcomes Simon Crowther as Chief Executive Officer - Crowther is an experienced technology leader with a track record of creating winning hardware and software businesses and leading high performing teams. Prior to joining AirMap, he was a Managing Director at Yamaha Motor Ventures & Laboratory Silicon Valley, where he invested in technology companies driving disruptive change. Crowther previously served as CEO of Nearmap, an aerial imagery technology and location data company.
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