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March 2007 edition

U.K. research into UAVs intensifies to bring forward the surveillance revolution

U.K. universities are stepping up efforts to find design breakthroughs that will enable the development and manufacture of “failsafe” operation of Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) in civilian non-segregated airspace.

Their research is part of ASTRAEA (Autonomous Systems Technology Related Airbus Evaluation and Assessment), a £32 million national collaborative programme. ASTRAEA aims to overcome the technological and regulatory barriers that prevent UAVs’ safe and routine operation alongside manned aircraft.

A total of 16 work projects are under way with the industry consortium for ASTRAEA comprising Agent Oriented Software, BAE Systems, EADS UK, Flight Refuelling, QinetiQ, Rolls-Royce and Thales UK, t....

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