Together, Altitude Angel and Sagar Defence Engineering Ltd have been selected by India’s DGCA to carry out BVLOS (beyond visual line of sight) drone operations. The results of the trials will be used to help define India’s regulatory framework for UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) ready for routine UAV deployment.
Altitude Angel’s GuardianUTM platform will enable BVLOS drone flights around a multitude of real-life scenarios including medical and cargo delivery, surveillance operations, survey & mapping, and search & rescue operations.
The Union Government has recently begun the process of granting regulatory permissions to the operation of drones for commercial purposes.
On participating in the BVLOS trials Richard Ellis, Altitude Angel, Chief Business Officer, said: “The potential for UAV use in India is immense so we’re excited to be partnering with Sagar Defence on these BVLOS trials. The ability to fly safely and securely BVLOS will unlock the potential of drones not just in India, but across the world. With Sagar, we’re very much looking forward to showcasing our proven technology to demonstrate the amazing use-cases of drones.”
Mridul Babbar, Sagar Defence Engineering Ltd, Business Development Head added: “Sagar Defence Engineering and Altitude Angel, two highly skilled teams, coming together for the BVLOS trials is a very strong partnership and one we’re thrilled to be part of. The combination of our UAVs and Altitude Angel’s world leading UTM platform will undoubtedly help advance the prospects of BVLOS flight across India and beyond.”
The BVLOS trials are scheduled to take place from August through to October 2020.
These BVLOS trials will further build on trials Altitude Angel has been involved in this year, having been the lead and ‘umbrella’ UTM for theLake Kivu Challenge, part of the African Drone Forum, which took place on the shores of Lake Kivu, Rwanda in January.
Altitude Angel is an award-winning provider of UTM (Unified Traffic Management) software, enabling those planning to operate, or develop UTM/U-Space solutions, to quickly integrate robust data and services with minimum effort.
From a consistent, well-documented and standards-based platform, drone manufacturers such as DJI and cutting-edge software developers around the world use our Developer Platform to obtain rich, relevant and local geofencing data, exchange and share flight plans, de-conflict their own flights in real-time and interface with national flight authorisation systems. A growing portfolio of enhanced capabilities help our customers to comply with current and future regulations and interface with changing national systems with only minimal effort.
Altitude Angel’s first party solutions also power some of the world’s leading ANSPs, aviation authorities and Enterprises, including LVNL (Netherlands) and Avinor (Norway), empowering them with new capabilities to safely manage and integrate drone traffic into national operations.
Today, Altitude Angel’s market-defining technology is providing a critical, enabling service on which the future of UTM, especially in controlled airspace, will be built across the globe.
By unlocking the potential of drones and helping national aviation authorities, ANSPs, developers and enterprise organisations, Altitude Angel is establishing new services to support the growth in the drone industry.
In 2021 Altitude Angel won a prestigious Air Traffic Management (ATM) Magazine Award in the ‘UTM Service Suppliers’ category, which recognises pioneering technologies and procedures developed by UTM service suppliers to advance safety and complex operations, for its Pop-Up UTM platform. Read more about the awardshere.
Altitude Angel was founded by Richard Parker in 2014 and is headquartered in Reading, UK.