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UK to expand UAV test boundaries

29th June 2010 - 15:14 GMT | by Andrew White in Brussels

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The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is preparing to extend the boundaries for test flights of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), as the Ministry of Defence (MoD) seeks to further develop its ongoing Watchkeeper programme.

It has emerged that the existing six-mile training area, complete with 5,000 ft ceiling around Parc Aberporth in Wales, will be extended to the east to allow interoperability exercises with the British Army operating on Sennybridge Training Area (SENTA).

Speaking to Unmanned Vehicles at UV Europe 2010 in Brussels, CAA Directorate of Airspace Policy’s Lieutenant Commander Gerry Corbett said the Restricted Airspace (RAT) initiative had yet

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