In the future, we will increasingly see that drones perform certain missions completely independently, such as routine inspection flights or ad hoc missions during calamities. But that can only take place safely if the drone is able to independently detect and avoid static and moving obstacles in varying conditions. For this reason, the Directorate-General for Public Works, part of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management of the Netherlands, asked a number of companies to come up with innovative solutions.
An urban test center for drone applications will be created in the center of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, said Sharon Dijksma of Traffic and Transport during the opening of the Amsterdam Drone Week 2020, which will be held completely virtually this year. The goal is to gain more experience flying drones above the urban environment.
Last week, a small sports plane over Aalst, The Netherlands collided with an unknown object at an altitude of 1800 feet. It is suspected that it was a drone. The plane could safely land at Eindhoven Airport without any problems. There, damage to the nose and propeller was found. According to the police, it is out of the question that it was a collision with a bird.
Last week in The Netherlands, drone company DroneQ Aerial Services used a DJI Matrice 300 to locate a swimmer and drop a flotation device during a test. The exercise was part of the Dutch Drone Delta coalition and took place in partnership with the SAR organization, the Dordtse Reddingsbrigade.