A drone must be in the field of view of its operator. A key constraint that restricts the large-scale deployment of these devices as part of delivery, logistics or maintenance services. In the United Kingdom, on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ordered the use of drones flying from its operator’s field of vision, or PVLOS. .
Tests on three platforms
Start-up Cheese.i, which has been developing solutions for remote management and control of drones in industrial and urban environments, is the first British company to receive this accreditation. Sees.ai will be able to test on three platforms without requiring a new authorization before each flight. Very limited range for companies that want to conduct large scale tests.
As a first step, Cheese.I intends to test its solution in industrial environments for inspection, monitoring and maintenance work. The idea is to prove the security of your computer before considering other tasks. Drones controlled by Sees.ai can reach a maximum altitude of 45 meters. Starting with an observer keeps the drone in view and can communicate with the pilot remotely if needed. The goal is to remove this observer during the test.
Establishing accreditation criteria
These experiments are being carried out as part of a larger project aimed at verifying these functions and recognizing them more widely. The data collected from these test flights will be used to assess the success of operations and to determine whether the risk and risk assessments performed will be used to cover common hazards beyond these three test sites. Determining the criteria for recognizing such actions is an important step in allowing these drone operations to be used on a large scale outside their operator’s field of vision.
“We are moving towards a future where drones fly on a large scale autonomously, with aircraft and industrial bases above, suburbs and cities below.” John McKenna, CEO of Sees.ai, commented in a statement. Recognizing the operation of drones in circulation outside the operator’s vision makes it possible, for example, to use large-scale delivery services, but also to maintain or monitor maintenance services on industrial sites.