Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS)

An extremely challenging example in the field of autonomous vehicles are remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS). The main challenge is the integration of the RPAS into the European Aviation Systems. Following the road-map realised by the European RPAS Steering Group, it appears that functions such as detect-and-avoid will be mandatorily included in the air traffic. NTX technologies will provide opportunities to extend the coverage of the sensing systems through integration into the “skin” of the RPAS. Benefits for the citizens cover the missions related to: civil protection (management of natural disasters), security (costal surveillance or sensitive sites monitoring) and environment protection. According to ASD (AeroSpace and Defence) international organisation, the industries in Aerospace and Defense business employ about 800,000 people with an overall turnover of almost  €200Bn. ASD foresees that RPAS might represent 10% of this.