Integrated Paramount Services (IPS) and METIS Aerospace, developers of the SKYPERION unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) detection system tested at London Southend Airport, are urging legislators to mandate airport use of the technology.
“That’s the ultimate end game,” IPS director David Sutcliffe told Jane’s . During the week commencing 7 May, UAVs were flown near to the airport for detection by the IPS-METIS Aerospace SKYPERION system. As SKYPERION detects radio waves, it can operate in any weather and 24 hours a day.
During the tests, an actual rogue UAV was detected. “We’ve already spotted a drone of interest,” Damon Knight, head of air traffic services at London Southend, said. He suspected that the UAV was a recreational quadcopter.
Two separately located radio sensors provided 360-degree coverage of the UK airport and surrounding area out to a distance of 4 km. The sensors detect the radio signals controlling a nearby UAV, and they can calculate its position using triangulation. Data is then transmitted to a control centre.
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