CAA Innovation Sandbox United Kingdom May 2019.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the United Kingdom has launched a new virtual space in which new technology can be safely tested — the “Innovation Sandbox.” It is initially funded by a grant from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), which has launched the Innovation Sandbox with six participants. Five companies — Altitude Angel, Amazon, NATS and Searidge Technologies, NBEC Consortium, and Nesta Challenges — are focused primarily on drones, artificial intelligence and airspace management. The sixth company is Volocopter. The Sandbox offers companies the chance to discuss, explore, trial and test emerging concepts, to help the UK’s aviation sector develop. The CAA said its innovation team will work closely with the participants to help them understand how they can meet regulatory requirements and that the “Innovation Sandbox will allow for the creation of world-first technologies, tried and tested in a safe environment.”

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