Within the corridor three-kilometer route has already flown the first drone.
The British University of Cranfield in Bedfordshire on the basis of its own airport organized the country’s first air corridor for unmanned aircraft. According to Unmanned Systems Technology, the first test flights of drones have already taken place in this dedicated airspace. In the near future, the number of flights of drones in the air corridor is planned to increase, informs USA.Media.
Air corridor is called a strip in the air space, limited in height and width. Such strips are usually allocated or for the flight of specific aircraft, or for any specific types and classes of aircraft. For example, military aviation often uses specially organized air corridors. In addition, corridors are organized around the airports.
Researchers from the University of Cranfield organized an air corridor for drones in the future to develop the principles of joint flights of drones and manned aircraft in the common airspace. The air corridor will also be used to test various dispatching systems.
During the first tests the corridor flew drone Blackstart company Blue Bear. He flew the route with a length of three kilometers from the airport Cranfield in Oakley. At the same time, according to British rules, the flight took place within the so-called extended visibility zone – along the entire route at an equal distance from each other were observers who watched the flight of the drone.
In the near future, the number of flights within the corridor will be significantly increased. The researchers intend to collect data that in the future will create a unified dispatching system for unmanned aircraft.
The organization of its own air corridor for drones last year was engaged in and the us government; the work is being carried out in conjunction with the company Raytheon and the Federal office of civil aviation. A new air corridor will be organized in the state of new York.
According to the current plans of the Federal aviation administration, the length of the air corridor for drones will be 80 kilometers. Details about the width and height of the corridor are not disclosed. Typically, the width of such air lanes is from 5 to 26 kilometers.
Behind the air traffic in the corridor will correspond to low-power radar stations with active phased antenna arrays. They will provide weather observations, takeoffs and landings of drones, as well as support of small-sized vehicles.