Test results from Maynooth University’s U-Flyte @Waterford Airport

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  • Drones to serve emergency services
  • Mobile phone location 

Maynooth University’s U-Flyte initiative at Waterford Airport presented the results of five essential tests which will play a crucial role in integrating drone technology into existing emergency services and air traffic control regulations.

  • ‘Search and Rescue’, in which a drone is programmed to identify and share the location of a swimmer in distress, differentiating the swimmer from flotsam and marine life.
  • -Mobile Phone Detect & Locate, which uses a drone to identify and locate a mobile phone signal – a use that could aid considerably in finding missing persons over very large spaces e.g. coastal, mountainous, wilderness regions.
  • ‘Manned / Unmanned Integrated Airspace’, which involves flying a drone and a small aeroplane side-by-side, with the aim of understanding how a drone can operate safely in an integrated airspace together with other manned aviation activities.
  • ‘Beyond Line of Sight’; current regulations restrict drones to be flown within line of sight, and this test examines how this restriction could safely be lifted to allow drone operators search wider areas.
  • ‘Long distance Remote Control’, which explores how remote control of a drone can be safely operated over long distances
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