Jordi Santacana, Jordi Salvador

Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAV), which are already used extensively in the military field, are now starting to open up the civilian market. With the arrival of miniature sensors and electronic components, as well as batteries with improved specific energy, new operative mini UAVs have appeared. This type of device weighs less than 2 kg and has a limited payload. Nevertheless, the fact that it can be operated everywhere and at a low cost makes it ideally suited for civilian use.

One of the drawbacks of mini UAVs is that they cannot carry the avionic systems required for flights in controlled airspace. As a consequence, their range and flying altitude is limited. With this project, we propose a new system that will help mini UAVs meet the legal requirements for flights in controlled airspace by enabling them to localise other aircraft and send their own data to the air traffic authorities and other aeroplanes flying nearby. This will create new applications for UAV technology.