ADEX 2017: GA-ASI, CR2CENT to partner for RPAS integration in South Korea airspace

ADEX 2017
Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition
17 - 22 October 2017
Seoul Airbase - Republic of Korea
ADEX 2017: GA-ASI, CR2CENT to partner for RPAS integration in South Korea airspace
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Korean Civil RPAS Research Center (CR2CENT), an organization recently established under the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT) to develop technical recommendations for RPAS certification, operation rules and regulations in Korea.
GA ASI MOU 640 001
The MOU kicks off a partnership to support construction of a regulatory framework that enables routine, non-segregated RPAS flights for civil and commercial purposes in Korean domestic airspace, leveraging CR2CENT and GA-ASI in RPAS design, development and operations. The partnership also seeks to accelerate international harmonization of RPAS related regulations between Korea, United States, and other Asia-Pacific nations.

"We recognize the importance of the contributions institutions like CR2CENT make to society," said Linden Blue, CEO of GA-ASI. "We expect that aligning with CR2CENT will help us achieve our goal of enabling RPAs to fly in Korean civil airspace and eventually the entire Asia-Pacific region."

GA-ASI sees the partnership with CR2CENT as an opportunity to develop a better understanding of the Korean civil airspace and its regulatory structure that can identify the technical and legal challenges associated in allowing non-segregated RPAS flights accros the world, much like commercial aviation today. For KAIST, a key benefit of the partnership us the access to GA-ASI's RPAS airspace integration and civil certification know-how accumulated in company funded research efforts and its leadership roles at US and international standards development organizations such as RTCA and ICAO. As the partnership activities progress, CR2CENT and GA-ASI hopes to share insights cultivated by this international exchange to remainder of the international community in contribution to the global RPAS harmonization effort.