SenSat, the UK’s largest drone data provider, has etched its place in history by claiming a new drone flight distance record.
It was announced today that the company has successfully completed the first 12km beyond visual line of sight (BVLoS) drone flight in complex airspace, breaking the existing record by a factor of 10.
SenSat was granted to fly drones beyond a pilot’s visual line of sight, a world first within complex airspace.
SenSat’s BVLoS operations allows it to cut the price of drone data by up to 90%, allowing companies to utilise data more frequently.
SenSat now has the ability to fly over 1,400km in a single day – a distance equivalent to London from Ibiza – at one-tenth of the cost.
As the UK’s largest drone data provider, and consultant PwC’s sole drone technology partner, SenSat has flown over 9,000km above live highways and supported more than £3.5bn worth of infrastructure projects.
The record-breaking flight is a key development to unlocking an estimated £42bn to the UK economy by 2030 by establishing safe operational practices for millions of future pilots.
SenSat claims to be pioneering the use of a new technique; structure from motion (SfM) photogrammetry, which uses survey-grade GPS to digitally recreate the world in high detail. Its artificial intelligence (AI) turns real-time complex data into actionable insight, helping companies to make more informed decisions based on real world information.
The company noted that the majority of commercial drone operations will remain impossible to execute without BVLoS and its recent success means that the full potential of drones can now be released, allowing UK businesses to maximise the opportunity that using drones presents, creating an estimated 628,000 jobs in the drone economy by 2030.
James Dean, CEO of SenSat, said: “BVLOS is often cited as the turning point for our industry, it is the moment from which we can begin to see drones truly making a positive impact on our daily lives. ”
“At SenSat we are using that advantage to make data freely available, with the ultimate goal of driving better decision making that brings transparency and consistency across publicly funded infrastructure projects.”
Aviation Minister, Baroness Sugg, added: “Drones have the potential to bring great social and economic benefits to the UK so it’s inspiring to see a British company helping to unlock these benefits with cutting edge technology and engineering.
“The Government wants the UK to be a global leader in drone services which is why we have begun introducing a world class legal framework to ensure this exciting technology is used safely and responsibly – which in turn will support the industry to thrive.”