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Japan's First Safety Test for Manned Helicopter and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Operating in the Same Flight Area Conducted in Fukushima

– Aims to set performance evaluation standard for UAV collision avoidance –
December 15,2017
New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)
Fukushima Prefecture
Minamisoma City, Fukushima Prefecture

NEDO, Subaru Corporation, ENROUTE Co., Ltd. and Prodrone Co., Ltd., together with the cooperation of Fukushima Prefecture and Minamisoma City, have conducted Japan’s first safety test for a manned helicopter and an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operating in the same flight area. The test took place at the future location of the Fukushima Robot Testing Field, located inside of the Minamisoma Reconstruction Industrial Park in Minamisoma City, Fukushima.

This test has been repeatedly running since December 11, for the purpose of confirming the visibility of both manned helicopters and UAVs in order to determine a safe distance between them.

NEDO and its collaborators will conduct further tests in late December. The test results will contribute to setting a performance evaluation standard for UAV collision avoidance.

The test is part of the efforts undertaken as a result of the "Memorandum of Understanding Regarding Robot Drone Demonstrations Utilizing the Fukushima Robot Test Field," which was signed by NEDO and Fukushima Prefecture on November 22, 2017.

For more information, please contact:

NEDO Robot and Artificial Intelligence Technology Department
Contact Persons: Miyamoto, Yamanaka, Nagamatsu Tel: +81-44-520-5241­

Fukushima Prefecture, Commerce Industry and Labour Department, Business Creation
Division, Robot Industry Promotion Unit
Contact Person: Kitashima Tel: +81-24-521-8047­

Minamisoma City, Economic Department Commerce Industry and Labour Division, Robot
Industry Promotion Unit
Contact Persons: Kamisawa, Terashima Tel: +81-24-424-5264­