First UAV Landing at International Airport in Civilian Airspace

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Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) Heron UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) has become the first unmanned aircraft to land at an international airport alongside commercial flights in civilian air space. The UAV took off from an airfield in Ein Shemer, landed at Ben Gurion International Airport, and flew back to Ein Shemer. All phases of the flight, including takeoff and landing, were controlled from a station at Ein Shemer.

The landing proves the reliability and safety of the Long Runner operating system developed by IAI, which uses satellite communications to provide automated takeoff and...

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