Drones – A Very Different Perspective – September 2016

Different drones
Different drones

Micro drones sit at a the very interesting convergence point of model aircraft, extreme stability and an airborne video platform. The CETC event had the theme “useful kit or potential threat” but the audience were more focussed on how to take advantage (safely) of this new technology and the opportunities it presented. The bigger societal issues were understood but not addressed

Paul Hughes - Head of Venture Development at Allia "developing a Serious Impact drone business”

Paul Hughes
Paul Hughes

Paul is mentor with Allia’s “Serious Impact” enterprise and incubator programme. Serious Impact will soon be opening a new innovation and prototyping lab in Peterborough - part of which will be offering access to sophisticated drone capabilities.

He provided a comprehensive overview of markets where drone services could be of particular benefit and invited those attending the meeting to visit the new Lab in Peterborough

Dr Mohammed Jahangir - Aveillant “Countering Micro drones using radar”

Dr Mohammed Jahangir - Aveillant
Dr Mohammed Jahangir - Aveillant

Mohammed is an Algorithm Designer at Aveillant. The company has developed a Holographic radar capability that is capable of finding and tracking micro-drones at significant distances. It is a technology based on synthetic aperture radar and significant processing power.

The key difference to conventional radar is that it does not have the scan time lag seen with conventional radar

He showed some practical examples where you could see not just the drone but also its rotor blade rotation the rotor movements. In one set of results off Monaco you could even see a second drone checking out the target drone.

This could be a very useful system for protecting sites of special interest.

Peter Lee - founder Wavelength Law “Drones: the legal view”

Peter Lee - founder Wavelength Law
Peter Lee - founder Wavelength Law

Peter is considered to be one of world’s leading drones and and robotic lawyers; advising many operators, manufacturers and end users of unmanned systems on a wide variety of regulatory and legal matters.

He provided a fantastic and detailed 360 degree overview of all the legal issues that could impact on a drone business. It is clearly still an evolving space in legal terms but at least we do not need to walk in front of the drone waving a red flag.

The legal position on drone activity is evolving almost as fast as the technology itself - and Peter provided some very useful insights

Written by

Richard Wishart
Delivery Management Ltd