Thales to lead Geosafe project
Thales will take part in the European Commission’s U-Safe project for UAS geofencing solutions to secure the future operations of UAS in civil airspace, the company announced on 19 March.
The project is being supported by the Single European Sky ATM Research Joint Undertaking (SESAR JU) and industry partners such as Aeromapper, AirMap, Atechsys, Airmarine and SPH Engineering.
Geofencing solutions secure UAS flight patterns by helping them avoid pre-determined zones, ensuring that UAS do not fly in protected perimeters around critical infrastructures, such as power plants or airports.
The Geosafe project intends to establish advanced geofencing solutions regarding U-space regulation and to propose improvements and recommendations for future geofencing system definition. Thales is responsible for organising all tests and providing recommendations for the European geofencing system.
Geosafe will be based on a one-year long flight-test campaign, assessing a number of commercially-available geofencing solutions in order to propose improved geofencing system for future and technological improvements for automated UAS. Around 280 flight tests will be conducted in France, Germany and Latvia throughout the year. These tests are intended to assess all possible situations that an automated UAS will face in urban and rural areas.
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