Bedford-based Blue Bear Systems Research has announced that it has successfully demonstrated a fully autonomous suite of multiple-drone swarm assets under beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) conditions.
Blue Bear describes itself as, “The leading supplier of innovative research and product-based solutions in the field of unmanned systems, mission systems, avionics, sensor payloads and data exploitation.”
It says that the new technology enables complex drone operations in which multiple assets are able to carry out simultaneous tasks controlled by a single user, creating a swarm effect.
Blue Bear’s five fixed wing drones have clocked 15 hours of flying time over four days of testing in challenging weather conditions.
The tests in the north of England used Blue Bear’s own Redkite and Cobra models, as well as its airspace management deconfliction software.
Ian Williams-Wynn, managing director of Blue Bear Systems, said: “This is an exciting development for us, proving our ability to operate multiple drones, simultaneously, using the latest Blue Bear technology to deliver a swarm effect under BVLOS conditions.”