BVLOS operations in the UK opens its doors

The Beyond Visual Line of Site in the UK conference has opened its doors this morning for a two-day event. The London-based conference is hoping to bring a range of operators, users, providers and regulators together to gain a deeper insight into BVLOS. Operators will explain how they safely operate BVLOS while users will describe the business behind the approach. Providers are set to use the conference to assess new capabilities which can mitigate the current constraints in the industry. Additionally, regulators and legislators are hoping to provide background to proposed regulatory developments. Currently, the UK CAA oversees BVLOS operations,
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US Navy set to test first of its kind carrier-launched drone

The US Navy are preparing to begin formal flight testing for a first of its kind carrier launched drone in 2021. The drone has been designed to double the attack range of F-18 fighters, F-35Cs and other carrier aircraft. According to a report by Fox News, the launch is part of the emerging Navy MQ-25 Stingray program which is planned to enter full service in the mid-2020s. The report goes on to describe how the program will introduce a new generation of technology by engineering a new unmanned re-fuel capability for the carrier air wing. Jamie Cosgrove, spokesperson for Naval
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Salisbury attack prompts MoD to test life-saving chemical detection drones

A new fleet of robots and drones designed to test for chemical agents have been put through their paces by troops, police officers and scientists for the first time. The devices, which can also provide 3D mapping and identify casualties, were tested as part of a multi-million pound project co-funded by the MoD and the Home Office. ‘Project Minerva’ includes miniature drones which, according to the Government, could soon come into service to rapidly assess hazardous scenes. The aim of the research is to reduce the risk to emergency services and front-line troops attending incidents or operations involving hazardous chemical
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Sky’s the limit for university lecturers after undertaking drone flying course

University lecturers have been given a flying lesson by leading drone training professionals at Bristol’s University of West England (UWE). RUSTA taught 16 members of staff from three of the UWE’s faculties at the Frenchay Campus. The lecturers were taught pre-flight processes and procedures, flight manoeuvres and emergency procedures. The course was facilitated by Dr Mark Palmer, senior lecturer at UWE, who obtained his Permission for Commercial Operation (PfCO) with RUSTA in 2016. Sion Roberts, managing director of RUSTA, said: “Although we have held many courses in Bristol over the past four years, we’ve never held one solely on the
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Asseco opens training centre for drone operators in Nigeria

Asseco has opened a certified training centre for UAV operators in Nigeria. The project, which will also incorporate a maintenance centre, is the result of a collaboration between Asseco and the Ministry of Science and Technology from the Lagos State in Nigeria. Asseco's cooperation with the Nigerian government administration takes place within the framework of an agreement concluded in 2017. The solutions that Asseco will provide will be the essential component of the Geographical Information System (eGIS) currently under implementation in the Lagos State. It aims to enable a more effective planning of the region’s development and management of land
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