FAA tests drone-detection technology at Denver International Airport


The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), along with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is testing drone-detection technology near Denver International Airport.

The organisation noted that unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) that enter the protected airspace around airports can pose threats to safety.

The FAA’s other research partners include the US Department of Defense, the FBI, Federal Communications Commission, the Department of the Interior, the Department of Energy, NASA, the Department of Justice, the Bureau of Prisons, the US Secret Service and the Capitol Police.

"After the tests, the FAA will draft recommendations for standards regulating the selection of drone-detection systems for airports across the country"

The drone test in Denver is one of six to be performed by the agency in an 18-month programme at various locations.

Flight operations for the Denver evaluations were conducted by the State of Nevada and State of North Dakota UAS Test Sites.

Industry partners involved in the flights include CACI International, Liteye Systems and Sensofusion.

After the tests, the FAA will draft recommendations for standards regulating the selection of drone-detection systems for airports across the country.

The agency will evaluate other sites, including Atlantic City International Airport, JFK International Airport, Eglin Air Force Base, Helsinki Airport, and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.