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PROJECT RISE: Dronecloud heads new UK research group to accomplish integration of software systems for BVLOS drone flights

By Chris Stonor

Dronecloud, the Drone Management Software Provider, announced this week it is heading a group to support Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drone flights, reports a press release. This consortium has created PROJECT RISE, after receiving UKP500,000 from the UK Research and Innovation Future Flight Challenge scheme.

The project is formed of key industry players including Sky-drones, Cranfield University and Skyports who have come together “to achieve safer, more reliable and auditable drone flights, even beyond the line of sight.” PROJECT RISE will culminate in field trials of a drone delivery operation supporting BVLOS at Cranfield University test facility.

The scheme aims to integrate evolving Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM), the drone version of Air Traffic Control (ATM), with the control systems on-board drones. This will then form part of a Centralised Command and Control Solution, based on the existing Dronecloud.

Dronecloud Co-founder and CEO, Jan Domaradzki, commented, “Moving beyond the hype to integrate drones into congested urban airspace remains a tough nut to crack, and that’s a good thing. It’s our job to create the behind the scenes systems that will ensure it can happen safety at scale, in order to win the trust of the public and regulators.” Adding, “We’re looking forward to creating the infrastructure for the aerial highways of the future.”

As drone operations become more complex, the release states that Dronecloud and its partners, “must ensure (the drones) are both compliant, efficient and, above all, safe in how they operate. And with dozens, if not hundreds of drone projects running, the traditional mosaic of multiple datapoints, spreadsheets, emails, is just not a sustainable way of managing operations.”

Kirill Shilov, Founder and CEO of Sky-Drones’ added, “Our main goal is to accelerate the development and adoption of unmanned aerial vehicles and this collaboration will help to bring this to the next level.”

The release explains, “The complete system will include Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) hardware, ground control stations, flight commissioning and planning, flight control and telemetry, deconfliction services, supplementary data feeds, airspace authorisations, flight noticeboard, Electronic ID, auditability, flight termination, accident and incident reporting, and digital flight logging.”

Dronecloud has been assisting some of the biggest UK and International drone users with operations currently supported by Civil Aviation regulation, while paving the way for BVLOS and increased autonomy & automation.

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