Kakuya Iwata is senior researcher at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Technology & Science (AIST). He studied Gallium Nitride semiconductors (1998) at the University of Osaka, Japan and Zinc Oxide semiconductors (1998-2004) in AIST. Now he belongs to the robotics research group at AIST and has been studying aerial robotics since 2004. A cargo UAS prototype was produced and accomplished its first flight in 2005, and was presented at AIAA InfoTech in 2007. He moved to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and established the Robot Safety Center (RSC) as a test center for ISO13482. Since July 2014, he is a member of the Japan UAS Industrial Development Association (JUIDA) where he is currently working on drones.
Recently, we have large numbers of small RPAS activities and regulatory discussions in Japan. Corresponding working group meetings concerning safety and efficiency in terms of economic growth in Japan are held with the JUIDA’s involvement. Especially, the risk based categorization and education system of small RPAS is important for safe and efficient use of commercial small RPAS. This presentation will indicate JUIDA’s recent activities in Japan and summarize where we are today and what we should have planned for the future.