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Drone security solutions for civil airports

Aircraft are designed to withstand the impact of a small number of small birds entering the engines or colliding with the fuselage or windows. However, the unauthorized launch of large birds or, even worse, metallic electronic drones near airports can cause serious damage and lead to aircraft accidents or system failures, posing risks to flight safety. Bel Trading & Consulting Ltd offers automated drone suppression systems as part of its arsenal to create safe corridors for aircraft in proximity to airports. These systems have been successfully deployed and are in operation in various airports across Asia and Europe. Comprehensive solutions have been used, including interference jammers disrupting communication between the drone operator and the drone itself, as well as GPS positioning suppression systems for drones.

DroneAcharya and KMITL partnership

DroneAcharya Aerial Innovations Limited, announced its partnership with King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL) in Thailand.

The main goal of this partnership is to launch an innovative Drone School and Drone Centre of Excellence at KMITL campus, which will provide a variety of drone and GIS – related training programmes. This center will also enable the faculty, students and industry experts to collaborate and work on projects and develop innovative solutions through DroneAcharya’s Industry Experts and Technical knowhow.

Drone-based land parcel mapping in India

The Geospatial organizations Allterra and NeoGeo, collaboratively won the drone-based Land Parcel Mapping contract through an open tender process from the Karnataka government. The project covers an area of 68,000 SQ. KM. and 10 complete districts in Karnataka – Gadag, Koppal, Kodagu, Chamarajanagar, Chikkamagaluru (Chikmagalur), Vijayapura (Bijapur), Yadgir, Raichur, Bidar, Kalaburagi (Gulbarga). Both companies have chosen Aereo (formerly Aarav Unmanned Systems) as their technology partner for this project.

This work envisages deployment of approximately 60 survey-grade PPK drones to capture high-resolution images to generate maps with a resolution better than 5 cm per pixel. At full scale, the fleet of drones will be mapping an approximate area of 1,75,000 acres in a single day on an average.

Chennai gets India’s first Police Drone Unit

Greater Chennai Police, in India, established a ‘Drone Police Unit’ to assist cops in aerial surveillance. This is going to help in case of large gatherings, real-time checking of vehicle registration data, and spotting of suspects.

A total of nine drones under three categories are available in this unit: Quick Response Surveillance Drones (6), Heavy Lift Multirotor Drone (1), and Long Range Survey Wing Place (2). All these drones are equipped with built-in artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities and can be operated up to a distance of 5-10 km from the ground station.

India’s DGCA signs MoU with EASA for UAS

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) India has signed MoU with the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for cooperation in Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Innovative Air Mobility.

This MoU will focus on collaboration on unmanned aircraft and innovative air mobility between the civil aviation authorities.

It would include cooperation in the areas of development of certification standards and environmental standards and related requirements for the certification and use of unmanned aircraft systems and innovative air mobility operations.

This includes licensing of personnel, training, air traffic management and infrastructure, including Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management (UTM) standards and services.

The MoU will also ensure regular information sharing between the two authorities on the technological developments and research in this area and their respective outreach strategies to reach relevant stakeholders.

XTEND partnership with ModalAI

XTEND and smart devices has announced a multi-layered partnership with ModalAI, Inc., the leading Blue UAS Framework manufacturer of autonomous drone and robotics technology. The partnership will see XTEND make available their XOS operating system on ModalAI’s technology, and XTEND’s range of revolutionary human-guided autonomous drones become tightly fused with ModalAI’s VOXL® 2 Autonomous AI Autopilot, supercharging both sets of users’ ability to complete advanced robotics missions successfully.

IIT Kanpur develops AI-enabled Kamikaze Drones

The Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, has developed an indigenous version of the Kamikaze drone. The suicide drone can carry up to 6 kg warhead for up to 100 km. The indigenously developed drones are also capable of neutralising enemy targets even in the absence of GPS support.

The drone is 2 meters long and has a foldable fixed-wing design. It can also be equipped with cameras and infrared sensors. The drones can be launched from a catapult or canister launcher. The battery-operated UAVs can deliver a payload of up to 100 km in 40 minutes, providing a boost to the offensive capabilities of the armed forces.

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