Radars to prevent drone – aircraft collisions already in testing

A small remotely operated aircraft nearly collided with a passenger jet near Heathrow Airport

A small remotely operated aircraft nearly collided with a passenger jet near Heathrow Airport

Technology that would have allowed air-traffic controllers to spot a small drone dangerously close to a passenger Airbus near Heathrow airport already exists, a leading expert has said.

As revealed by the Sunday Times, the incident that took place this July, is the first near miss between a passenger jet and a drone in the UK.

Having escaped the air-traffic control radars, the small unmanned aircraft was only noticed by a pilot of the Airbus when flying at 700 feet, sparking calls for stricter regulations for the booming technology.

However, radars, capable of detecting common unmanned aerial systems that can be purchased by hobbyists, are already in testing.

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