New test corridor to facilitate UCA flight in same airspace as manned aircrafts
Blue Bear Systems Research Ltd and Cranfield University have announced that they intend to create a new test corridor to facilitate unmanned aircraft being able to fly in the same airspace as manned aircraft.
The partners intend to create NBEC (the National Beyond visual line of sight Experimentation Corridor), which will stretch across Bedfordshire from Blue Bear’s headquarters in Oakley to Cranfield University’s Global Research Airport. Bringing together their respective capabilities, the team will be able to combine the best of academia with the best of industry creating a UK first ‘national’ asset.
The goal of the NBEC is to provide a safe, managed environment for drone/unmanned aircraft experimentation which will work towards their integration into controlled and uncontrolled airspace. Both Blue Bear and Cranfield believe the key to future drone operations is not segregation, but unification ensuring fair and equitable use of airspace for all. Read more