Post Date : September 1, 2021
ANRA Technologies, an industry leader in integrated airspace, mission management, and delivery systems for unmanned aircrafts, has reached a 100-flight hour milestone while carrying out Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) delivery operations in India.
The UAS technology provider led its consortia on a project awarded by the Directorate General of Aviation (DGCA) and the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MOCA).
History was made along with ANRA partner Swiggy. They launched the first end-to-end BVLOS drone delivery trials as part of this project last June. One of the requirements was to fly 100 hours to collect data and information to inform the Indian regulatory process as government stakeholders prepare the next set of drone rules for BVLOS operations.
90% of the total flight hours were flown by ANRA’s team alongside partner BetterDrones, which flew the remaining flight hours.
As per the company, the flight team, conducted flights consisting of multirotor drones operating on ANRA’s SmartSkies CTR and SmartSkies DELIVERY software platforms. Having flown over 350 sorties, the project concluded, transiting 1,100 kilometers of incident-free operations in spite of numerous challenges ranging from weather conditions to COVID quarantines.
ANRA which is the only UAS technology provider to get the approvals from the Government of India to lead two consortia as part of this pioneering initiative, led one consortium with its partners Swiggy, Indian Institute of Technology, Ropar (IIT-R), and BetterDrones, and another one including IIT-R, which was dedicated to medical deliveries.
The experience is now helping ANRA support the World Economic Forum’s Medicines from the Sky project. They are efficiently operating drones for cases such as vaccine delivery.
The project, which underwent months of planning, risk assessments, air traffic control integration, training, equipment preparation, and coordination, will culminate in a final report to the government.
BVLOS project is still ongoing as the government aims to accelerate its policies and get the local industry at par with the global drone services segment.