The Space53 test center for drones at Twente Airport will collaborate with the Chinese drone manufacturer DJI. One of the outcomes of the collaboration is the establishment of a training program and protocols for the use of drones in rescue work.
Space53 and DJI set out their collaboration in a Memorandum of Understanding on Wednesday. Training drone pilots and establishing procedures for the professional deployment of drones is part of DJI’s strategy to focus more on safety and inspection applications, in addition to consumer use.
The manufacturer can take advantage of the facilities that Space53 offers at Twente Airport. The municipality of Enschede, the province of Overijssel, the University of Twente, Saxion and the ROC van Twente are involved in the test location. The intention is that companies and research institutions can experiment with drones there, without having to go through cumbersome procedures for permits.
Nokia previously concluded a cooperation agreement with Space53. That manufacturer is testing 4G connections of unmanned aircraft and management systems for drones, among other things.