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UAVs teach how to dodge airplanes

Unmanned aerial vehicles thatare in service with the Royal Air Force of the United Kingdom, will be supported by a system of air collision avoidance. This will allow the apparatus to fly without problems with civil flights in the same airspace. The contract for equipping drones with this technology was awarded to the American company General Atomics.

Modern drones are not allowed toflights in common airspace with aircraft, since the risk of a collision between two aircraft remains very high. With drones, air traffic density will become very high, which can be an obstacle to the safe flight of cargo and passenger aircraft.

However, the development of the industry has generated a newneed, therefore, the first to support the system will receive drones Protector RG Mk.1. It will help objects to determine the spatial position of airplanes and other UAVs, calculate the flight path for avoiding collisions and not only. Most likely, the radar station will be based on the air situation.

While the flight of unmanned aerial vehiclesdevices can still be authorized, the main problem for aviation remain "consumer" drones. DJI advanced further in this direction, said drones expert and professional racing participant Mikhail Korolev to Hi-News.ru.

Obstacle avoidance system nowInstalled on all new drones from DJI. With its help, drones fly around obstacles - cameras and sensors along the perimeter help them in this. Installing such a homemade device is simply impossible.

All professional DJI systems and similarthey have built-in airport maps, so they cannot be lifted into the air while in an unsafe area. Drones simply do not take off in this area, and hacking such a system is very difficult, even unrealistic.

At the same time, even the drone from DJI can be launched, for example, near the house to a huge height (up to 2,500 meters), and there already a collision with an airplane looks more realistic.

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The main thing, in the opinion of Korolev, is to protect airplanes from small objects, and not to prohibit drones from flying.

Any homemade drone can fly anywhere. And it’s difficult to do something with it, especially if it’s just an apparatus that is not controlled by anyone remotely. Radar like trivia just will not see. Here it is more important to equip the aircraft themselves with a recognition system of small objects.

In December 2018, Gatwick Airport in the south of Englanddid not work for 36 hours due to drones suddenly appearing in the sky. Because of the danger of a collision of passenger aircraft with UAVs, about 1000 flights were canceled, as a result of which more than 140,000 people were forced to wait dozens of hours to resume work.

UAVs flying near airports are really dangerous. Faced with a small drone, the plane may crash.

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