UK launches a drone sandbox

UK launches a drone sandbox

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The UK Civil Aviation Authority has launched its Innovation Sandbox with a half-dozen participants and their drone solutions. The virtual space offers companies the opportunity to explore and trial emerging concepts targeting the aviation sector.

The CAA’s innovation team will work help Sandbox firms comply with regulatory requirements 

The six participants are:

Altitude Angel, a developer of foundation software for drones

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NATS and Searidge Technologies working on artificial intelligence and digital air traffic control

The NBEC Consortium enabling flight beyond visual line of sight

Nesta Challenges, a collaborative engagement with cities, researchers, regulators, government, public services and the public on future urban drone use

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“The potential of drones and unmanned vehicles to boost UK productivity is well documented and the technology is well developed,” says Professor Iain Gray, director of Aerospace at Cranfield University. “However, there are understandable regulatory concerns that need to be overcome about how they operate alongside manned aircraft.”

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