How does BAE’s Flying Test Bed work?

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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.