SAFIR demo project to help set rules for drone deliveries across Europe

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C-Astral, a SESAR Joint Undertaking demonstrator project lead by Terra Drone-affiliated Unifly, has confirmed its successful participation in the first practical SAFIR flight and integration tests.

Held at DronePort, Sint-Truiden, Belgium, SAFIR is a large-scale demonstration project aiming to showcase the economic viability of drone use in industrial environments.

As a member of SAFIR, C-Astral was tasked to take off and perform high-tension line mapping.

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During the process, the company was also made to perform deconflicting by rerouting the drone flight and alternatively choosing a safe place to hover until the geofencing area disappeared.

During these operations, the radio communications were tested by the Belgian Institute for Postal services and Telecommunications (BIPT) and C-Astral obtained the permission to use the integrated communication links in the Belgian airspace.

Flight tests for the homologation of the C-Astral system by the Belgian Civil Aviation Authority were performed as well.

The C-Astral software team also successfully tested the integration of command, communications, control, and planning software with the drone traffic management system developed by Unifly.

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