First UK airport trial of a drone surveillance system hits the sky

A successful trial of a ground-breaking drone surveillance system is underway at London Southend Airport.

The drone detestation system, which is part of a collaboration between IPS IS and METIS Aerospace SKYPERION’s technology, is being trialled in a bid to catch rogue operators.

The surveillance system allows UAVs to be tracked and it is able to identify where the operator is located, something which has previously not been made possible.

Rogue drone operations are becoming an increasing issue for UK airports with upwards of three to four sightings of ‘rogue’ drones per week in the London airspace area alone.

The trial comes after it was revealed that the amount of near-misses involving drones at airports increased three-fold over a 24-month period.

Damon Knight, head of London Southend Airport Air Traffic Services, commented: “We do not have any outstanding issues with ‘rogue’ drone operations at London Southend, but we have had some sightings near the airport

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