Despite the absence in Namibia of clear regulations for unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) yesterday said that in many ways Africa is already leading the way in the use of drones. Continue reading
Drone owners in Europe will have to register their devices if “dangerous” and aircraft makers ensure that black box recordings can be downloaded in real-time if a plane is in distress under a sweeping reform of Europe’s aviation safety agency. Continue reading
Given the evolution of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), more commonly referred to as drones, the International Air Transportation Association (IATA) is working on three specific focus areas to ensure this new branch of aviation is safely integrated and transitioned into the global airspace. Continue reading
Drone users in the UK may have to take safety awareness tests under legislation planned by the government. Drones weighing more than 250g could also be banned from flying near airports, or above 400 ft, in a crackdown on unsafe flying. Continue reading
The real success for Unmanned Aircraft Vehicles (UAV) will be when they can autonomously operate to complete their appointed task. Autonomous operation means both operating beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) and the ability to operate independent of a pilot. Before this can happen, UAVs need to be much smarter about their surroundings. A key to smarter UAVs is on-board collision avoidance sensing, such as radar. An understanding of the math behind collision avoidance helps dictate what technologies provide the best option for collision avoidance.
Facebook and Airbus have teamed up to lobby the International Telecommunication Union allocate more capacity on the spectrum of radio signals for high-altitude pseudo-satelliltes (HAPS) and work together on development. Continue reading