The London Assembly recently unveiled it's 'Future Transport' report which details how London is responding to technological innovation. The report details the development and potential of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) in London's future in light of the recent announcement by Chancellor Philip Hammond that it is the government’s objective to have “fully driverless cars”, without a safety attendant on board in use by 2021. The full report can be found HERE.
As the BSI Committee responsible for the development of drone standards shakes out into a full Technical Committee, the Chairman and our Chief Executive, Robert Garbett has identified the latest revision of the International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) ‘Guidance for the safe and efficient operation of remotely operated vehicles’ (IMCA R 004 Rev 4) as a basis for the development of a future national safety quality standard for underwater drones.
The guidance provides a pertinent reference document for the safe and efficient offshore operations of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and of ROV support systems, and is designed for use by both contractors and clients” and it is believed that the guidance will contribute to a safe and efficient industry that operates to common standards.
The full revision can be found HERE.
EASA has now published its opinion on the Regulatory Framework for the Operation of UAS. The proposed regulations will provide flexibility to Member States (MSs), mainly by allowing them to create zones within their territories where the use of UAS would be prohibited, limited or, in contrast, facilitated. Pursuant to the new Basic Regulation, market product legislation (CE marking) ensures compliance with the technical requirements for mass-produced UAS operated in the 'open' category.
The FAA intends to initiate a national rollout this spring of the Low-Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC), an automated process drone operators can use to request and obtain authorization to fly in the vicinity of airports.
A copy of the latest opinion document can be found HERE.
Drones on Mars? NASA Projects May Soon Use Drones for Space Exploration. NASA's JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) recently announced testing of what they've termed a Mars Helicopter Scout (MHS). The scout may be included on the upcoming Mars 2020 mission, a collaborative project led by NASA with a primary mission of determining if life once existed on Mars. See the full story HERE.