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Ansell, Darren; Heaton, Andrew (2015)
Publisher: University of Central Lancashire
Languages: English
Types: Other
Subjects: L100, H330
This document is the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) Civic Drone Centre’s responses to the questions asked by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) prior to Challenger Business Programme – Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Workshop event to be held on 23 November 2015, 10am-2pm at the BIS Conference Centre1.\ud As a university based research centre we are providing our responses based upon the university’s research, engagement with industry, and through the industrial experience of our staff members.
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    • 11. Enforcement of the law. a. Overall strategy and different organisations fit within it (Police, CAA, ICO, HSE, etc.). b. Approaches (geofencing, anti-UAV measures, etc.).
    • 12. Needed level/types of pilot skill/knowledge & associated training/qualifications - for manufacturing, maintenance, and piloting.
    • 13. Trust in autonomous systems.
    • 14. Aerial trespass - how UAVs fit within current laws and how they might need to be changed as more UAVs are used, both by industry and recreational users.
    • 15. Technical solutions to societal issues - technology (hardware & software) can be used to overcome some of the societal issues (many of which are mentioned above e.g. privacy) if it is know what the standard/ideal is (e.g. regulations, laws, standards) - in a similar fashion to what is described the opening paragraphs of the response the question three
    • 16. Certification of autonomous/learning software - this has wider impacts within the aviation industry.
    • 17. Sense & avoid (particularly for small UAVs) of: a. Other airspace users, both cooperative and uncooperative. b. Buildings and the environment (trees, water, rain, etc.). c. Animals and people.
    • 18. Battery life & safety - current battery technology is limiting the flight time of electrically powered multi-rotors to tens of minuets, there are the dominant type of sub 20kg UAV. There are also safety issues (predominantly fire related) with using Lithium-Polymer (LiPo) battery - during use, charging, and post-crash. The development of new battery chemistries and technologies would be beneficial to the industry.
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