Date: Sun, 24 Sep 2006 02:47:45 EDT

This is a major facility (please see item below.) I was hoping that we could use Alex Lobounsky as a contact to help us, since he is was Chief Engineer of Boeing, a major investor and player at the site. However, I now notice that he has been blocked from AIAS. Also, I really need to understand the exact relationship between WDA and AIAS. Presumably Gareth can define this since he is closely involved. Also since, by definition, Myron is Chief Scientific Adviser for the Assembly, presumably there is direct access at high level. This relationship requires definition before any realistic progress can be made.

I look forward to receiving more information about the facility from Gareth.


Parc Aberporth center leads UAV civil ops

By Charles Alcock / Dubai November 2005

According to the UAV community, unmanned aerial vehicles face a busy future with all sorts of possible new civil and paramilitary applications, including security surveillance over urban areas, search-and-rescue missions, as well as environmental and infrastructure monitoring. But first the pilotless aircraft must be cleared for use in civil controlled airspace and this will require extensive test flights in conditions that do not compromise the safety of existing manned aircraft operations.It is with this need to make UAV operations in civil airspace routine that the new Parc Aberporth research-and-development center has been established on the west coast of Wales. The facility is positioning itself as a center of excellence for both civil and military UAV development.The 50-acre Parc Aberporth technology park has been developed with government funding from the Welsh Development Agency (WDA) at the privately owned West Wales Airport. The $36 million facility’s remote location on the UK’s Atlantic coast makes it ideal for testing UAVs in controlled airspace and proving the effectiveness of their sense-and-avoidance systems. The nearby 2,500-sq-mi Cardigan Bay has long been used for deploying and tracking military target drones. Next year, the airport’s runway length is to be extended to just over 3,900 feet.In early September, Thales UK and Elbit Systems of Israel demonstrated their Hermes 450 aircraft at Parc Aberporth, marking the first time a pilotless aircraft weighing more than 330 pounds had been flown in nonsegregated UK airspace. The UAV was assigned its own call sign and when the operator filed a flight plan the number of passengers was officially listed as zero. The Hermes is the platform for the UK’s Watchkeeper intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance program.According to David Barnes, chairman of Britain’s UAV Systems Association (UAVSA), Parc Aberporth will serve as “a crucible in which the UAV sector can be developed to fulfill its potential.” He estimated that it will take another five to 10 years for UAVs to be permitted to fly routinely in civil controlled airspace. With the WDA, UAVSA has formed a Parc Aberporth-based joint venture called UAV Systems Services Ltd. which, on behalf of the UK Civil Aviation Authority, will issue the exemptions needed for UAVs weighing less than 330 pounds to fly in civil airspace. Larger UAVs have to secure exemptions from EASA. The European UAV Systems Center has also opened an office at Parc Aberporth and will use this to promote UAV developments throughout the continent.The second annual Unmanned Systems trade show held at Parc Aberporth on September 7 also saw the launch of the UK’s Autonomous Systems Technology Related Airborne Evaluation (ASTRAEA) initiative. Beginning in January, the project, now backed with almost $60 million of private sector and government funding, will work toward the normalization of UAV operations in all types of airspace. Among ASTREA’s main backers are BAE Systems, EADS, Qinetiq, Flight Refuelling and Thales UK, as well as several leading academic institutions. Possible civil applications for UAVs are to be explored through a new cooperation between Boeing, Qinetiq and Wales’ Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research. Among the programs being evaluated are aerial monitoring of crops, fish stocks and water supplies. _________________________________________________________________ Be one of the first to try Windows Live Mail. http://ideas.live.com/programpage.aspx?versionId=5d21c51a-b161-4314-9b0e-4911fb2b2e6d=

It is true that I am the Assembly’s Chief Scientific Advisor by definition, having been appointed by the Queen, the Head of State in Wales, and would like to have direct access to the WDA Director’s e mail. As you see I advise the First Minister, Rhodri Morgan, every day, and work in a voluntary capacity without salary, so my sincerity cannot be questioned – I am no drain on the Welsh tax payer. I would like to see the Assembly vote me a reasonable income if this is possible, and also appoint a salaried unit as advised already, consisting of Gareth Evans, Gari Owen, and myself. We can act in a voluntary capacity if necessary, and I regard this scientific advisory unit as being de facto in being, again in a voluntary capacity, no drain on the tax payer. In other words I hereby appoint Gareth Evans and Gari Owen as my advisory staff. I am glad to do this because I am a Welsh Republican Nationalist and would like to see the Assembly have full executive powers of a Republican Government. I strongly encourage the West Wales initiative by Gari Owen and Gareth Evans. Alex Labounsky however is retired, and has no influence at Boeing. I am also a committed European, and theoretical physics is overwhelmingly a European affair these days (see the feedback to http://www.aias.us). In my opinion Wales should be fully independent, demilitarized, made a nuclear free country, and neutral (non-aligned), similar to the Republic of Ireland. I would like to build excellent relations with the Celtic Nations of Europe. the British Civil List Scientist.

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