e2E Satcom completes first test flight of new communication node

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e2E Satcom has successfully carried out its first flight test of its new UAS-I Satcom communication for UAS.

The UK-based satellite communications software provider could download live in-flight telemetry data as part of the test in Salisbury.

The team conducting the test programme were able to send waypoint and flight commands to the aircraft over Inmarsat-L Band.

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e2E believes the success of the flight trials is a major step towards establishing safe operational procedures for small UAS accomplishing BVLOS missions.

Barry Ross, CEO of e2E, said: “We have created an ultra-light, less than 1kg communications node which will open the sub 20kg sUAS market for future Beyond Visual Line-of-Sight (BVLOS) operations, now having the availability to utilise satellite communications”.

The firm is hoping that making satcom available to these platforms as a resilient form of communication creates a justifiable and solid business case for safely extending the reach of UAS operations, globally.

e2E selected Callen-Lenz, a provider of comprehensive technology solutions and consultancy within manned and unmanned aircraft systems, as the official test partner for the trial.

Adrian Eves, CTO of Callen-Lenz, said, “Callen-Lenz are delighted to have worked with e2E to conduct the first flight tests of the UAS-I system. We have many years of successful BVLOS trials experience and believe that e2E are creating the right product at the right time to support wider commercial BVLOS applications.”

He added: “We look forward to working more with e2E in full BVLOS trials this winter as part of the BVLOS Pathfinder project. The three-year programme is being coordinated by the Energy Innovation Centre (EIC) and led by Wales & West Utilities in collaboration with: Cadent, National Grid Transmission, Northern Gas Networks, Northern Powergrid, Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks and UK Power Networks”.

The aircraft’s design was based on e2E’s innovative e2Eaccess technology that has low size, weight and power at its core.

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