This decision from the Spanish Aviation Safety Agency enables Babcock to fly its own lightweight unmanned aircraft (LUA) drone within the country, and expands its remit to flying in rural areas, during night or day, and carrying emergency support payloads of up to 5kg per trip.
Additionally, due to Spain’s cross-border arrangements, Babcock is now authorized to fly beyond Spain’s borders and into other European countries.
Transport of medical materials
The Babcock LUA is able to fly autonomously for up to four hours, with the company envisioning its use in emergency transport of medical materials, including medicine, blood, and cardio-protection systems.
Specifically, the approval was granted in light to the LUA’s development being directly informed by the Civil UAVs Initiative programme, as instructed by Babcock’s client, the Galician government’s innovation agency.
Jose Luis Saiz, Director of R&D at Babcock Spain, commented: With AESA permission now in place, we are keen to see how our LUA drone adds a new dimension to our emergency medical response in rural or hard-to-reach areas, or during floods and extreme weather. Babcock will continue to work closely with AESA to ensure the safety of these complex operations.”
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