Back in June the CAA said this
As part of the UK’s overall Remote ID technical architecture, the CAA are intending to contract for the development, implementation and maintenance of the RID Integration Provider, which is a new system for the CAA. The Remote ID Integration Provider (often known as the InterUSS Layer or component) will serve as a critical communication backbone for the overall Remote ID service, enabling the efficient gathering and exchange of data between multiple network RID service providers (Section B of this RFI) and the Master Data Hub.
I am not sure if the money they were asking the DfT for was part of this but it must be in there somewhere.
Word has reached me that they have been denied the 15 Million, yes count them, 15 million pounds they were seeking. I hope the CAA has noticed folks able to easily spoof the ASTM system and will not be making the same mistakes as the USA. I have reached out to the CAA for comment but at the time of publishing received no response. Perhaps the money was for cakes that were eaten at this meeting:-
The UK is exploring whether and how to implement Remote ID (RID). This system enables a drone in flight to provide identification and location information that can be received by other parties. Any rollout will involve implementing the regulation and technology to enable RID and enable authorised parties to have access to RID data.
It is currently estimated that implementation of RID would take 18-24 months. The project is currently in the design phase until September 2023.
One of the major changes that is being explored as part of the RID system is mandating that drones will not be able to fly unless Remote ID is enabled.
To set clear expectations, as stated above, this work is at an exploratory design phase, and as with all major regulatory changes, there will be a public consultation phase which we anticipate will run in 2023/2024, and there may be an outcome that we do not proceed with implementing Remote ID at all in the UK.
Purpose of this engagement:
We wish to engage drone manufacturers to gather views on:
- The proposed Remote ID system and transmission methods
- Effort and timelines to implement changes
- Mandating that RID be enabled for all flights.
This will enable us to better understand your perspectives on the timescales to make the necessary technology changes, estimated costs and other considerations to be taken into account as part of the implementation planning and transition period.
The intention is to use this first engagement event to discuss:
- Scope and timelines of the UK RID implementation
- Impact on manufacturers of mandating that RID be enabled in terms of the technology requirements and feasibility
- Discussion of other implications for manufacturers
Based on the attendance and engagement at this first event, there may be further sessions held with manufacturers, including 1 to 1 sessions.
The event will be held on the 21st June from 10-12am, as a hybrid meeting. For those wishing to attend in person, there is a room in our Gatwick office.
If you wish to attend, then please confirm your attendance by email to [email protected]