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Singapore and Airbus Helicopters to work on drones

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Airbus Helicopters and the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to conduct Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Proof-of-Concept Trials, named the Skyways Project.

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The MOU was signed between Jean-Brice Dumont, Executive Vice-President, Engineering, Airbus Helicopters and Kevin Shum, Director-General of CAAS at the side lines of Singapore Air Show today, and was witnessed by Tom Enders, Chief Executive Officer of Airbus Group and Pang Kin Keong, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Transport, Singapore.

The Skyways Experimentation Project aims to develop an airborne infrastructure solution to address the sustainability and efficiency of parcel delivery business in large urban environments - last mile delivery).

This infrastructure will be operated as an integrated system that comprises the following main components: safe and secure aerial corridors, Unmanned Aircraft (UA), operation management system of the UA fleet, automated parcel stations, as well as overall communication system.

Airbus has begun work with the National University of Singapore (NUS) on the planning and development of the first trial. It entails the establishment of a parcel stations network on NUS campus.

This network will enable users to send important and urgent items such as documents via an UAS to other parts of the campus. It also serves as a supply and distribution interface for suppliers across Singapore to deliver their goods via UAS to customers across the NUS campus.

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