UK test site in Snowdonia begins detect and avoid tests on the ground ahead of airborne installation

The UK test centre Snowdonia Aerospace, supporting next-generation aerospace and future flight systems such as “drones-for-good”, electric aircraft, urban and regional air mobility vehicles, balloons, airships and near-space testing vehicles, reports the start of ground testing a micro detect-and-avoid (DAA) radar at the Snowdonia Aerospace Centre. The activity is part of the UK Future Flight Challenge programme. The equipment is due to be installed in the centre’s Gold Dragon drone next month to begin air-to-air encounter testing using a new permanent Danger Area and starting to build the evidence base that aims to enable regular and routine beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS) operations in non-segregated airspace.

The airfield is also designated as one of the candidate sites for a UK Spaceport by the Department for Transport and Snowdonia Aerospace LLP has worked with the UK Space Agency to generate a Horizontal Spaceport Development Master Plan.

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