The Safir project, a consortium of 13 public organizations and private companies partly funded by the European Commission, will begin testing drone applications and unmanned traffic management systems in Belgium in hopes to assist the European Union establish a framework for the commercial drone industry, The New York Times reports.
Members of Safir (or Safe and Flexible Integration of Initial U-space Services in a Real Environment) met in Brussels in November to discuss the upcoming test trials, which will take place at the DronePort facility in Limburg.
“It is about testing 10 drones with different purposes, applications and IT systems,” explained DronePort CEO Mark Vanlook.
The parties involved will provide the project with a wide range of applications and resulting datasets, ranging from Unifly’s software and UTM experience and Helicus’ medical supply drone delivery expertise to Amazon Prime Air, companies focused on aerial law enforcement assistance, infrastructure inspection, and wildlife monitoring. For Vanlook, the purpose is to place this varied group of drone hardware and software into an actual environment, simultaneously, and assess how safe and effective they co-exist—or not.