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ISO Standards for unmanned aircraft systems


The committee ISO/TC 20/SC 16 on unmanned aircraft systems, generally known as drones, in charge of the standardisation of the design, development, manufacture, delivery, maintenance, classification, characteristics and safety aspects has gathered in Madrid.

The meeting was attended by delegates of Spain, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, the United States, China, the Republic of Korea, Russia, Japan, Denmark and Italy, with a view to unifying technical safety requirements in the manufacture and use of unmanned aircraft systems.

The basis for the meeting was to discuss four future standards. The ISO 21384-1 Unmanned aircraft systems - Part 1: The general specification will define the terminology and definitions of reference for all the standards in this sector. Whereas the ISO 21895, Categorization and classification of civilian unmanned aircraft systems will specify the categories of unmanned aircraft systems and the classification of the different types of systems.

Furthermore, the standard ISO 21384-2 Unmanned aircraft systems - Part 2: The product systems will specify the design safety and manufacture requirements of the unmanned aircraft systems and, where necessary, of their components.

And in the ISO 21384-3 Unmanned aircraft systems - Part 3: The operational procedures will specify the operation safety requirements of unmanned aircraft systems.

Spain takes part in the three work groups that are drawing up these standards, and the leader of the ISO project 21384-1 Unmanned aircraft systems - - Part 1: General specification is Spain. The national committee in charge is CTN 28/SC 2 Unmanned aircraft systems, that was formally established in July 2016, and whose secretarial services are carried out by UNE.


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