How It Works

How does BAE’s Flying Test Bed work?

The Jetstream 31 UAV, or the Flying Test Bed, is an unmanned (also known as uninhabited) aerial vehicle designed by BAE Systems to trial a new series of smart, autonomous flight-control, navigation and detection systems. The systems are designed to provide a clear technological roadmap for the development of next-generation UAVs capable of routinely flying in controlled airspaces – such as those commonly shared by civilian jetliners. However, for the dream of autonomous aircraft to become a reality, strict safety protocols must first be met.