British Heathrow Airport has installed an advanced drone detection system that can be used to fly unauthorized remote-controlled aircraft into airspace.
The move occurred after repeated interventions in the airport's airspace in recent years, including efforts by environmental activists who tried to force the airport to close temporarily in September 2019 in protest against climate change. This is also due to a costly incident at nearby Gatwick Airport in 2018, when the airport operator was prompted to suspect drone detection to suspend all incoming and outgoing flights for 30 hours. No one has ever been charged with the incident.
London Heathrow, the UK's busiest airport, uses a system developed by Aveillant and Reading-based Operational Solutions with specially developed holographic radar technology to detect unauthorized flying objects approaching the transportation hub. The system offers three-dimensional real-time monitoring of the targeted airspace through the use of a modular array, which, depending on the company, can be adapted to the requirements of the airport in terms of range and coverage. The technology, which is also used at the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, enables the airport security team to locate the drone pilots themselves and to react quickly and personally.
The system cannot be deactivated According to Bloomberg, rogue drones indicate that Heathrow has other devices with such functions.
"This new kit will improve detection capabilities, minimize delays, and help passengers get away on time," Aveillant said in a press release. "The technology will also help the airport achieve its sustainability goals by using less fuel and additional flight stacking through the use of unauthorized drones."
The ban on unauthorized drones, which was introduced in the UK in March 201
"The safety of our passengers and colleagues is our top priority – which is why we are investing in this new cutting-edge technology that will improve our ability to detect and deter drones in and around our airport," said Jonathan Coen, security director at Heathrow Airport said in a press release. "We are pleased that this unique system protects our skies and helps passengers and freight get to their destination on time." Editor's recommendations