A summary of SESAR drone demonstration project results.

Unmanned aerial systems (UAS), of which the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is the airborne component, comprise two fundamental types: remotely-piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), a class of UAS which has a ‘pilot’ operating the remotely-piloted aircraft (RPA) from a ground-control station (GCS); and UAS with no remote pilot, or autonomous air vehicles. The term ‘drone’, essentially a layman’s term, refers to all types of UAS.

The demonstration projects described in this brochure looked at the integration of categories of aircraft within the RPAS family, and are therefore referred to as RPAS throughout.