Research report: Above us only drones?

The safety and privacy risks of the coming expansion of drone use in the UK, May 2021

This report provides a critical review of the UK Government’s efforts to accelerate the integration of a wider range and number of unmanned aerial vehicles—commonly known as drones—into UK airspace. Download below:

Public opinion polling data: Drones Survey, January 2021

Public, civil society and expert concerns about drones being used in the UK focus on safety, privacy and security. A poll UK Drone Watch conducted earlier this year of 2,000 adults regarding proposals to open UK skies to drones that fly ‘beyond visual line of sight’ found that: 

51% were worried about noise and intrusion 

60% said they were worried about the privacy and civil liberties implications 

67% said they were worried about safety implications 

70% agreed that if such drones were allowed to be flown in the UK, they should be flown in segregated airspace away from other aircraft.

You can view and download the full results of the poll below.

Detect and avoid technology for drones: what is it? A beginner’s guide

Detect and avoid (DAA) systems play a fundamentally important role in integrating drones into a national airspace system. Unlike crewed aircraft, drones do not have an on-board pilot who is able to spot potential hazards, ensure that the aircraft keeps at a distance from such hazards, and take action to avoid a collision.

DAA systems are intended to provide a technological solution to this problem. They are a critical safety feature for drones flying in shared airspace, including international airspace, and their effectiveness and reliability are key concerns to airspace regulators.

This beginner’s guide provides an overview of the key technical and regulatory issues involved in DAA. Download below:

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