Image of SkyGuardian flying through cloud
Image of SkyGuardian taken from GA-ASI

What is SkyGuardian and Protector?

The RAF’s future Remotely Piloted Aircraft takes to UK skies

1. Where will SkyGuardian fly in the UK?

SkyGuardian will only fly in approved areas once it has taken off. It will not fly at low altitude over population centres and a complete safety risk assessment has taken place for all flights.

Image of SkyGuardian flying over countryside
Image of SkyGuardian taken from GA-ASI

2. How will SkyGuardian be deemed safe to operate in UK airspace?

Whilst flying in the UK, SkyGuardian will be governed and operate within Civil Aviation Authority regulations just like any other aircraft in UK airspace.

Image of SkyGuardian in the sky
Image of SkyGuardian taken from GA-ASI

3. What will SkyGuardian be doing during its flights?

SkyGuardian will only be collecting performance data of its flight.

Image of SkyGuardian flying over countryside
Image of SkyGuardian taken from GA-ASI

4. What if the pilot loses connection with SkyGuardian — is it safe?

Yes, it is safe — and in the extremely unlikely event that SkyGuardian loses connection with the pilot, the aircraft will follow a pre-agreed set of instructions while being monitored to land safely.

Image of SkyGuardian flying in the clouds
Image of SkyGuardian taken from GA-ASI

5. Will SkyGuardian be armed?

No, SkyGuardian will not be armed during any of its flights in the UK.

Image of SkyGuardian on a runway
Image of SkyGuardian taken from GA-ASI

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