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MIDCAS Program Advances Integration of RPAs In European Airspace

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MIDCAS Program Results Brings Closer Integration of RPAs In European Civil Airspace

(Source: Indra; issued October 28, 2015)

MADRID --- The European Program MIDCAS (Mid-Air Collision Avoidance System) in which Indra has participated as a partner of the consortium coordinated by Saab within the framework of the European Defence Agency (EDA) has successfully presented its final results that brings integration of RPAs in civil airspace closer.

The project focused on laying the groundwork for future developments in the field of RPAS air traffic integration, for which a generic Sense and Avoid system and a Demonstrator were developed, equipping an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) with the capacity for detecting other aircrafts and for performing avoidance maneuvers autonomously, without intervention of a pilot, when faced with the risk of collision.

This R&D project was launched in 2009 with a budget of €50 million and the support of five countries: Sweden, Germany, France, Italy and Spain. It was completed last September after successfully passing several simulation campaigns and performing real flight tests. These tests were carried out between March and April in Grazzanise (Italy), using the UAV Sky-Y as the test platform.

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