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07 October 2014
Defence and Space

Certification application for ATLANTE

ATLANTE UAV in the ground

Airbus Defence and Space has applied for European civil certification for its ATLANTE Remotely Piloted Aircraft System. Airbus Defence and Space has submitted a formal application to the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for civil Type Certification of the ATLANTE RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft System). This is the first RPAS application to be submitted by a European company. It therefore marks an important milestone in opening up the European civil aviation market for RPAS operations – specifically in the 150kg+ MTOM (Maximum Takeoff Mass) category. Moreover, it will support the development of an European airworthiness regulation for RPAS and is fully in line with the European Commission (EC)’s approach: “A new era for aviation. Opening the aviation market to the civil use of remotely piloted aircraft systems in a safe and sustainable manner.” The ATLANTE system has been developed by an Airbus DS team from the Getafe site, under a Spanish government civil contract, and is capable of performing a variety of military, state and civil missions. It was flown for the first time in Spain in February 2013.

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