Europe To use Satellites for UAV Command and Control

The European Space Agency and the European Defense Agency (EDA) will extend their joint work on introducing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) into civil European airspace through a 2.4 million-euro ($3.4 million) campaign to test UAV command and control via satellite, the two agencies announced.

The second phase of the DeSIRE project, or Demonstration of Satellites enabling the Insertion of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems in Europe, follows flights in 2013 of an Israeli-built Heron UAV flying unsegregated air routes over Spain.

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