by Richard Tomkins
Boulogne, France (UPI) Nov 24, 2014
European technology company Sagem has conducted test flights of its Patroller to demonstrate safe use of drones in civilian airspace.
About 20 flights were conducted between late October and early November near the city of Toulouse, France, with the French air navigation and safety agency, DSNA, the laboratory run by the national civil aviation school ENAC, and Rockwell Collins France through what is known as the ODREA project.
ODREA stands for Operational Demonstration of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems in European Airspace.
Sagem said the Patroller was equipped with its "see and avoid" anti-collision system, which combines an infrared optronic sensor, and an automatic risk collision estimation and avoidance flight path generation module. During the flight tests, this system was successfully operated using different conflict scenarios with a "dummy" aircraft provided by ENAC.
The tests also demonstrated Patroller's ability to carry out approaches to the Toulouse-Blagnac airport using civilian air traffic control procedures.
Sagem's Patroller is a long-endurance tactical unmanned aerial system with a flight ceiling of 20,000 feet.
UAV News - Suppliers and Technology
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement All images and articles appearing on Space Media Network have been edited or digitally altered in some way. Any requests to remove copyright material will be acted upon in a timely and appropriate manner. Any attempt to extort money from Space Media Network will be ignored and reported to Australian Law Enforcement Agencies as a potential case of financial fraud involving the use of a telephonic carriage device or postal service.|