CAAS and ST Aerospace partner to develop Beyond Visual Line of Sight Unmanned Aircraft System
According to the press release, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and ST Aerospace have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will facilitate the development of Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) operations in Singapore’s urban environment.
This CAAS-ST Aerospace partnership aims to build Singapore’s capabilities and expertise to enable advanced UAS applications.
Under the MOU, CAAS and ST Aerospace will collaborate on the study and development of new concepts, procedures and technologies that will enable BVLOS UAS operations in Singapore's urban environment including within or near an aerodrome.
The following sectors have been identified as potential UAS applications:
(1) Maritime: Port crane inspection and defect detection using an autonomous end-to-end UAS solutions to enhance safety and efficiency of port operations;
(2) Aviation: Automation of aircraft inspection and defect detection using UAS to improve fault tracking, and reduce costs and aircraft turnaround time;
(3) Construction: Infrastructure inspection of high-rise buildings facades to enhance work efficiency and safety;
(4) Security and Public Safety: Autonomous scheduled perimeter surveillance and tracking of suspicious targets to improve situation awareness and shorten response time.
ST Aerospace will provide a suite of technical services for system integration and prototyping in the identified areas of interest.
“As ST Aerospace continues to develop advanced UAS technologies and capabilities, we are happy to work closely with CAAS who has lent strong support while showing great confidence in our engineering capabilities and industry experience in UAS solutions. We are positive that this collaboration will help in overcoming the technological and regulatory barriers to BVLOS UAS operations in Singapore’s urbanised environments and accelerate our development of value-added propositions in UAS solutions to customers,” President of ST Aerospace Mr Lim Serh Ghee stated.
The collaboration will also assist CAAS in its development of the safety regulatory oversight framework for BVLOS UAS operations in Singapore.
Director-General at CAAS Mr Kevin Shum, said, “The UAS industry is fast evolving with a whole host of technological innovations. CAAS is cognisant of the potential that UAS offers. We seek to collaborate with businesses to push the boundaries of its applications, in particular, in the urban environment.”
The MOU was signed on the sidelines of Singapore Airshow 2018.