AIRSTART Developing Leading Edge Technologies for Unmanned Air Systems Operating Beyond Visual Line of Sight

The AIRSTART Consortium will be showcasing leading edge technologies essential for operating Beyond Visual Line of Sight, BVLOS, at Farnborough International Airshow trade event, 11th – 15thJuly 2016.  UAS is a disruptive technology which could have significant impact in applications such as search and rescue and electricity distribution network inspection, but this will only be fully realised if UAS can safely operate over longer distances.   AIRSTART, a unique consortium of companies, universities, the ARPAS-UK trade association and technology end users is developing core enabling technologies which comprise Airspace Integration, Smart Perception, Secure and Robust Communications and Propulsion Systems.  The core technologies will be integrated in a series of flight trials addressing real scenarios in maritime search and rescue and terrestrial power distribution network inspection.  

Yoann Thueux, Airbus Group Innovations and the AIRSTART lead, said “AIRSTART stands out because its partners’ combined expertise and experience provides a breadth of knowledge encompassing all the enabling technologies for BVLOS operations, not just one”.  Mr Thueux added “The end to end approach of the consortium ensures the technologies developed are robust and exploitable in real-world situations, driving growth at every level, from SME to multinational, creating economic impact and societal benefit.”

Exhibiting on the ARPAS-UK stand, the AIRSTART consortium will also be holding a free seminar “Operating UAVs Beyond Visual Line of Sight” on Thursday 14th July in the Hendon Room, Media Centre, upper floor on Hall 1a, which will be of interest to anyone involved in the UAV industry.  

For more information about AIRSTART, visit the website

To sign up for the free BVLOS seminar, contact by 13th July 2016.


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Tel: 01623 428996 


AIRSTART is a consortium of 8 companies, universities, the ARPAS-UK trade association and technology end users led by Airbus Group and also comprising ARPAS-UK, Blue Bear Systems Research, Callen-Lenz Associates, Cranfield University, RNLI, Rotron, University of Southampton and Western Power Distribution.  AIRSTART is a collaborative research and development project supported by the Aerospace Technology Institute, ATI, through Innovate UK.  AIRSTART will be exhibiting on the ARPAS-UK stand, Stand 3/D125, Hall 3 at the Farnborough International Airshow trade event, 11th – 15th July 2016.  



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