EASA launches tender for new research project to assess, and identify new safety standards for UAS regulations

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has launched a tender with an estimated value of EUR350,000 for the Horizon Europe project addressing safety standards for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). Applications are due by 19 November 2021.

The work follows on from the AW-Drone project which commenced in 2019, funded by the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA), with the aim to contribute to the safe use of UASs by supporting the on-going EU regulatory process for the identification of technical standards and procedures. The assessment provided by the AW-Drones project did not include the assessment of the technical content to determine whether the standards are adequate to meet the safety objective of the provisions of the related regulations.

This research tender should focus on the technical assessment of these standards listed in the UAS Rolling Development Plan for standards (URDP) and recommended by the AW Droned project and new standards introduced by the EUSCG, as part of its regular update.

Moreover this research should identify potential new standards, in addition to those listed in the U-RDP, to show compliance with chapters 2, 3, and 4 and Annex 3 to the U-space Regulation, assess the standards and provide a recommendation to EASA on their acceptability as means of compliance.

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