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The field of drones continues to develop at a rapid pace, from
the hobbyists like myself flying First Person View (FPV)
quadcopters for fun, to semi or fully autonomous Unmanned Air
Vehicles (UAVs) for surveillance and payload delivery.
A consortium led by Reading based Altitude Angel has been given
the go-ahead by the UK government for a project called
“Skyway”. The aim of this project is to create a 165 mile
(265km) drone superhighway (a dedicated lane of airspace for cargo
drones) to link cities and towns throughout the Midlands to the
Southeast of the country, including Reading, Oxford, Milton Keynes,
Cambridge, Coventry and Rugby over the next two years.
Skyway will collaborate to deploy a ground-based, networked
‘Detect And Avoid’ solution, which ‘stitches’ data
from multiple sources together in real-time to create an
ultra-high-resolution moving map of the low-altitude sky that will
connect a drone’s guidance and communication systems into a
virtual superhighway system. This enables drones to be guided
safely through ‘corridors’, onward to their destinations,
using only a software integration.
Further details were announced at this year’s Farnborough
International Air Show (running 18th July to 22nd July), which is
being attended by Marks & Clerk LLP colleagues.
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