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Remotely Piloted Aerial System

The Working Group on Remotely Piloted Aerial System (RPAS) not only focuses on the aerial vehicle, but considers the overall system including upstream and downstream chains. Some possible applications of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) have already been identified to be of great use for military, safety, security, research and private market. Moreover, it is important to mention that the worldwide expenditures on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) will rise considerably: from $6.6 billion annually to $11.4 billion totaling just over $89 billion until 2022.

The Working Group was launched in December 2012, after a well appreciated session on this topic at the Luxinnovation forum “Business meets Research” in May. Moreover, a high interest of the industrial and research actors and a promising market lead to the organisation of the first RPAS meeting.

The Working Group aims at:

  • defining a roadmap on how to position Luxembourg in the sector
  • identifying current competencies and possible synergies among actors
  • fostering collaborative RDI projects and facilitating access to corresponding funding opportunities.

Kick-off Meeting

The Kick-off meeting of the RPAS Working Group took place on 12 December 2012. The meeting was attended by around 20 public & private actors of the Luxembourg RPAS community. After an introduction on the subject, participants had the opportunity to present their competencies, needs and expectations as well as to exchange with each other.

During this meeting, two main objectives have been defined for the Working Group.

  1. Analysis of the existing regulations and adaptation of them to allow RPAS to fly in Luxembourgish airspace
  2. Implementation of a Test bed