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SES subsidiary delivers satellite support for drones
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SES subsidiary delivers satellite support for drones

30.05.2013 From our online archive
SES Techcom, a subsidiary of Luxembourg satellite company SES, has “successfully supported satellite communication links with a Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPSA),” the company said Thursday.

(CS) SES Techcom, a subsidiary of Luxembourg satellite company SES, has “successfully supported satellite communication links with a Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPSA),” the company said Thursday.

RPAS, or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), are more commonly known as drones.

The operation formed part of DeSIRE, the Demonstration of Satellites enabling the Insertion of RPAS in Europe, a project by the European Space Agency and the European Defence Agency (ESA-EDA).

For the demonstration, a Heron-1 RPAS was deployed off the coast of Spain for maritime surveillance.

Other partners involved in DeSIRE are ThalesAleniaSpace and AT-one, a European Economic Interest Group consisting of Dutch Aerospace Laboratory NLR and German Aerospace Centre DLR.

DeSIRE aims to contribute to a road map for the integration of RPAS into general Air Traffic Control (ATC) with the support of satellite technologies.

While drones can be used to gather intelligence they have also been used as unmanned but armed planes.

The US especially has seen a striking increase in the use of armed drones, for example in Pakistan. Armed drones are not without controversy. While they are used for precision strikes to avoid further military actions, the targets have often included civilians.