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Parliamentary questions
12 April 2013
E-001904/2013
Answer given by Mr Tajani on behalf of the Commission

The Aeroceptor project was selected according to the FP7 rules for participation(1).

The consortium agreed to look at two important RPAS(2) features: Vertical Take-Off & Landing and Hover capabilities. Only unmanned helicopters and new tilt rotors or quadricopters comply with these requirements.

The following technologies are being considered, with a view to ensuring the safe stopping of a vehicle:

electromagnetic interference to jam engine electronics
tangle meshes and nets to stop vehicle wheels and boat propellers
special foam polymers that harden gradually, stopping the vehicle
tyre puncturing devices
paint markers and loudspeakers.

The Spanish Guardia Civil collaborates to set up operational scenarios and requirements on interoperability / standardisation. Etienne Lacroix contributes to the definition of some RPAS payloads.

There is no use of non-lethal weapons planned onboard the RPAS. On the contrary, Aeroceptor intends to show that there are more effective means to control a non-cooperative vehicle than to use non-lethal weapons.

The ethical and legal dimensions will be duly taken into account in this project, for example, through:

a specific work package devoted to the ethical and societal aspects of the planned research
another one devoted to a comparative study on the legal implications of the use of new means for interception
check-lists for project-internal ethical and social sciences and humanities audits, which have already been completed and will be used to check the technology-related work of the project on these aspects from its very beginning and
the addition of the Spanish Agency for Data Protection as an external advisor.

(1)For details of this call, see: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/page/call_FP7?callIdentifier=FP7-SEC-2011-1&specificProgram=COOPERATION#wlp_call_FP7.
(2)remotely piloted air system.

OJ C 371 E, 18/12/2013
Last updated: 18 April 2013Legal notice