DHS plan to shoot down drones near airports worries 2 key lawmakers
The Department of Homeland Security recently put forth a plan that would allow for shooting down drones near US airports, angering Republican lawmakers, who argued that it is "irresponsible" and exceeds the department's authority.The Department of Homeland Security recently put forth a plan that would allow for shooting down drones near US airports, angering Republican lawmakers, who argued that it is "irresponsible" and exceeds the department's authority.
London’s Heathrow airport has deployed a system designed to block drones entering its airspace following a string of recent attempts that Its technology is now part of the French defense contractor’s anti - drone solution, EagleShield. The radar system is also used at Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport .
The first video of the unmanned aerial vehicle ( UAV ) reveals how easily its rogue pilot was able to Anti - drone measures can cost as little as £15 and Heathrow has no excuses for not having them REVEALED: Gatwick airport 's £1million military-grade anti - drone system that tracks and downs
The UK knows first-hand howcan be to major airports. Last March, it introduced legislation to widen the around airports to five kilometers. Now, to enforce the new rules, London's Heathrow Airport has installed a system to detect and identify unauthorized UAVs.
The one-of-a-kind "Counter Drone" system was designed for Heathrow Airport by, with help from manufacturers like . In addition to detecting and tracking unauthorized drones, the system will locate the drone pilots, who can face up to five years in prison for flying in a UK Flight Restriction Zone without permission.
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“We are responding to a drone sighting at Heathrow ,” Europe’s busiest airport said in a statement. “As a precautionary measure, we have stopped departures while Heathrow and Gatwick reportedly spent millions of pounds on “military-grade anti - drone equipment” after the previous drone sighting scandal
Police handed new anti - drone powers after Gatwick disruption. Last week, Heathrow and Gatwick said they had invested significant sums of money in military-grade anti - drone technology. While it would not offer details on exactly what equipment had been installed , Gatwick said it had purchased
According to, the Counter Drone technology uses a holographic radar system, the same used at Paris's Charles de Gaulle airport. It's unclear, though, if Heathrow's system includes a way to disable drones once they've been identified.
Better drone detection systems should help prevent major air traffic problems. In 2018,during the peak of holiday travel affected 110,000 passengers and 760 flights. More recently, police who attempted to close Heathrow Airport using illegal drone flights. In addition to keeping passengers and airport staff safe, the system could help reduce the fuel wasted by flight stacking and delays caused by unauthorized drone use. ,
GB-Government green light to extend Heathrow airport
The British government gave its green light on Tuesday to the construction of a new runway at London Heathrow Airport, near London, now opening paving the way for a parliamentary vote, but the project could still face obstacles before it starts.
Heathrow, the busiest airport in Europe, is saturated, but for several decades its expansion project has met with opposition from residents and environmentalists. Even within the government the site of 14 billion pounds (16 billion euros) was not unanimous, the current Minister of Foreign Affairs Boris Johnson, former mayor of London, being opposed to it.
The government has given its blessing to the plan to build a new track, said Transport Minister Chris Grayling, opening the way for parliamentarians to vote on the subject within 21 days.
This third runway will be the first to be built in the Greater London area in 70 years. It will be financed by the private sector and not by the British State.
"The expansion at Heathrow represents a unique opportunity to bring a multi-billion pound boost to our economy, strengthen our global ties and maintain our position as a world leader in aviation," said Chris Grayling to the Parliament.
To allay the fears of the protesters, he said that the new runway would be delivered in accordance with existing air quality obligations and would include a night flight ban, as well as compensation for residents and a new commission noise monitoring.
An independent commission recommended Heathrow as a site for a new runway in 2015, saying that adding capacity would provide the country with significant economic benefits. The government has based part of its policy on this infrastructure.
Bosses and politicians argue that an extension of Heathrow is even more important since Britain decided to leave the European Union because this airport will help strengthen trade links and stimulate growth.
According to a survey carried out last month by the research firm ComRes, most parliamentarians intend to vote in favor of the third track, which will allow the United Kingdom to catch up with its European competitors. Paris and Frankfurt have four tracks and Amsterdam has six.
Heathrow Airport, the capital of which is held, among others, by the Spanish group Ferrovial and the funds Qatar Investment Authority and China Investment Corp, will then have to obtain a town planning permit, before the first coup in early 2021 and entry into service by 2026.
Local groups and the Greenpeace association could however try to file a legal appeal. (Claude Chendjou for French service, edited by Véronique Tison)
UK begins testing unsupervised autonomous transport pods .
Shoppers at a UK mall have the opportunity to try out autonomous transport pods this week which -- in a UK first -- operate entirely without supervision. The driverless pods are being tested at the Cribbs Causeway mall in Gloucestershire, and run between 10AM and 4PM every day for a week, transporting passengers around the premises and along shared pedestrian spaces. The project, called CAPRI, is being run by a consortium of businesses and academic institutions that hope to introduce this kind of transport system as standard to UK roads.