First ‘Detect and Avoid’ flights for the Camcopter S-100 drone

this is a key point of the integration of UAVs in the air space. Currently, in France the drones have not the right to fly above an altitude of 150 metres. The idea is to keep separate the air traffic of these turbulent drones. A reason has it, there’s no driver on Board that can identify another during the approach and avoid it, as should do any good pilot patented. A ‘Detect and Avoid’ function is nevertheless being tested in the Netherlands by constructor drones Schiebel.

The drone mark the arrival of the device in the vicinity and offers an its operator-avoidance manoeuvre

AIRICA project (for ATM Innovative PHSP Integration for Coast Guard Applications is part of the single European Sky initiative.) He studied the way in which we will be able to do the aircraft flown with drones. On 9 February Schiebel has unveiled the first images of the experimentation carried out on the Den Helder airport, an air base of the “Royal Netherlands Air Force”. the experiment was conducted in December 2015.

Schiebel Camcopter S-100 fitted with his bulky transponder under the fuselage, during the month of December 2015.

Schiebel Camcopter S-100 fitted with his bulky transponder under the fuselage, during the month of December 2015.

Schiebel engineers flew their drone Camcopter S-100 above the tracks and then to launched a Dutch Dornier Do-228 of the coast guard type aircraft near the drone and an Alouette III helicopter to ‘play’ several scenarios. The drone was equipped with an equipment type AirScout developed by NLR (laboratory of aerospace research) Dutch. To achieve identify aircraft flying in the vicinity but also be spotted by the air control and other aircraft, the Camcopter was equipped with a transponder of ADS-B type and could interrogate the transponders of other aircraft in order to know their location, their trajectory and speed. If the trajectory is considered threatening, the drone offers its operator to perform an evasive manoeuvre. These tests were considered successful by the participants. They open the way for ending the segregation between drones and traditional aviation.

Source : “S-100 flies with detect and avoid system”, ShephardMedia, February 9, 2016

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