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Blue Bear launches “Heads-Up AR Tech” for drones

By Chris Stonor

Blue Bear Systems has launched its latest Augmented Reality (AR) system for swarming drones and BVLOS operations, named “Heads-Up”, reports a company press release.

This technology allows an operator, wearing AR glasses, to see where all the drones in the swarm are and visualise their status and criteria. Individual drones can be then selected for a more detailed view within the overall system.

This technology is particularly helpful for “drone swarm operators and safety pilots”, especially when multiple drones are returning to a single landing area. When operating BVLOS, the system provides “valuable information and context as to where the drones are”, and in poor weather could be vital to safe operations. The next evolution of the software will add in additional external data sources such as ADSB to enhance the situational awareness picture for the safety pilots and operators.

Ian Williams-Wynn, MD of Blue Bear, commented, “This is a key component to add to our Centurion swarming drone command and control system, and our Manned Unmanned Machine Teaming (MUM-T) technology.”

He continued, “By layering different information, using AR, we can significantly enhance the operator’s ability to understand what a single drone, or swarm of drones, is doing, how much endurance is left, and obtain a host of other information about the platform and payloads.”

The technology has been developed with joint funding from the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA), an in conjunction with the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl).

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