US and Switzerland sign agreement to collaborate on drone research

One of the key areas of collaboration is in drone identification and monitoring. © Keystone / Gaetan Bally

Both countries have agreed to work together to improve and harmonise safety standards in order to minimise the risk of drones in civilian airspace.  

This content was published on July 9, 2020 - 11:59

On Wednesday, the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) and the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) signed a declaration of intent to strengthen collaboration in the area of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The objective is to promote the use of drones for civilian applications by replacing strict regulation with automatic monitoring via technology.

“Both countries are highly innovative, with stakeholders demanding new ways to access airspace in order to perform unprecedented operations. Exchanging viewpoints on and approaches to mutual challenges will be of real benefit to both sides,” said a statement from FOCA. 

One of the key areas of collaboration is in remote identification: the ability to detect the identity of drones entering the airspace without the need for direct visual contact. The goal is also to be able transmit information in real time via an application to third parties like air traffic controllers or police.  

“This capability will help to increase the effectiveness of airspace control, oversight and law enforcement, therefore improving the safety of UAS operations,” stated FOCA. 

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