Geneva: ViaSat has joined the DeSIRE II project consortium. The programme is expected to define regulations and civilian usage for satellite-controlled Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS). The project is being funded by the European Space Agency (ESA) Integrated Applications Promotion (IAP) programme and the European Defence Agency (EDA). As part of the consortium, ViaSat will be developing the communication, navigation and sensing (CNS) technologies for real-time RPAS command and control across Ka-band and L-band satellites. The company will provide an advanced satellite communications (satcom) system that includes modems for both frequency bands and modems for system gateways to demonstrate how a satcom system can lead to the safe use of RPAS in 'unsegregated' or civilian airspace.
Source: The street