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Drone delivered: Beyond visual range test flights to commence soon

India will soon conduct ‘Beyond Visual Line of Sight’ (BVLOS) test flights of drone systems for the creation of last mile air delivery connectivity in the country. The move, according to industry insiders, is seen as a major breakthrough for the evolution of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems’ (UAS) eco-system in India.

The objective of the experimental BVLOS flights in controlled conditions for a period of at least two months is to prepare a ‘Proof of Concept’ for safe operations. If successful, and found safe, a new policy framework for the long-range BVLOS drone operations will be drafted.

The initial step of allowing long-range test flights is expected to pave the way for UAS to delivery medicines and other articles, such as food items, in a faster manner across the country.

Besides, these systems can become life savers in the rural and far flung areas to deliver first aid and other essentials. Read more

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