News & Events - Protecting critical infrastructure from drones: managing the risks


Frazer-Nash's Graeme Anderson and Andrew Chadwick have been developing a greater understanding of how modelling tools can help increase understanding of the potential outcomes of collisions between drones and critical national infrastructure.

Market analysts suggest that by 2021 there could be 67.9 million annual shipments of unmanned aerial vehicles - frequently referred to by commercial and leisure users as 'drones' - to consumers across the globe.

Drones' popularity, like the vehicles themselves, is soaring, with leisure, racing and photography drones available for prices that range from tens to thousands of pounds. An increasing variety of applications, from aerial mapping to emergency response investigations and security monitoring, is making drones a useful tool. But this growth does not come without risk.

The team recently worked with The Engineer magazine to examine how computer modelling can help the aerospace industry develop an understanding of the risks of collision between drones and aircraft. The company has developed tools that can analyse the potential impact that a variety of drone types may have if they strike an aircraft. You can read a copy of the article here.

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