Thales has been tasked with managing the SESAR Joint Undertaking (SESAR JU) Geosafe project supported by Aeromapper, AirMap, Atechsys and SPH Engineering.
According to a Thales, SJU press statement: “By securing the flight pattern of drones to avoid determined zones, geo-fencing solutions are key safety enablers. They are notably mandatory to ensure that drones do not fly in protected perimeters around critical infrastructures, such as power plants or airports. The objectives of Geosafe are to establish state-of-the-art geo-fencing solutions regarding U-space regulation and to propose improvements and recommendations for future geo- fencing system definition.
“Geosafe will be based on a one-year long flight-test campaign, assessing a number of commercially-available geo-fencing solutions in order to propose improved geo-fencing system for tomorrow and technological improvements for automated drones.
The 280 flight tests will be conducted in France, Germany and Latvia, along the year. These tests are intended to test all possible situations that an automated drone will face in urban and rural areas.