It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
A plane that can be flown without pilots is being tested out in preparation for its maiden flight in shared UK airspace later this year.
The plane, a BAE Systems Jetstream aircraft - The Flying Test Bed - is being put through its paces in a series of at least 20 flights over the Irish Sea and through UK airspace.
Although it will be pilot-free during the tests, there will be people on board able to take the controls if the need arises.
Source: Plane Without Pilot To Go On Trial Over UK
The aim of the trials is to demonstrate to regulators such as the Civil Air Authority and air traffic control that such aircraft, known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, will be able to be used safely in UK airspace.
The ASTRAEA programme is jointly funded by industry and the public sector. Half of the funding for ASTRAEA is therefore being provided by public sector organisations – including the TSB and the regions – with the rest from a consortium of seven UK companies: AOS, BAE Systems, Cassidian, Cobham, QinetiQ, Rolls-Royce and Thales UK.
Originally posted by TritonTaranis
How much of a fruit bat do you have to be to be paranoid of being hit by a drone tho?, or being spied on by drones?