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Dronecloud is working with a wide range of partners on some of the most transformational projects across the drone technology space. We have several R&D projects in the pipeline focussing on autonomous BVLOS flights and we are working closely with regulators and technology partners to push this area of the industry forwards.

DC Labs is our designated innovation area where we will discuss these projects in depth - keep an eye on this page for more projects arriving soon...

Project RISE 

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DRONECLOUD IS LEADING A NEW UK RESEARCH AND INNOVATION CONSORTIUM TO DELIVER THE INTEGRATION OF SOFTWARE SYSTEMS REQUIRED FOR BVLOS DRONE FLIGHTS

DRONECLOUD IS LEADING A NEW UK RESEARCH AND INNOVATION CONSORTIUM TO DELIVER THE INTEGRATION OF SOFTWARE SYSTEMS REQUIRED FOR BVLOS DRONE FLIGHTS

DRONECLOUD IS LEADING A NEW UK RESEARCH AND INNOVATION CONSORTIUM TO DELIVER THE INTEGRATION OF SOFTWARE SYSTEMS REQUIRED FOR BVLOS DRONE FLIGHTS

We recently announced that we are leading a consortium to support Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) Drone flights. The consortium has formed ‘Project Rise’, part of the Future Flight Challenge project funded by UK Research and Innovation, through the multi-billion-pound Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. It is composed of key industry partners, including Sky-drones, Cranfield University and Skyports.

Project Rise will develop an integrated software and hardware hub proof of concept. The complete system will include Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) hardware, ground control stations, flight commissioning and planning, flight control and telemetry, deconfliction services, supplementary data feeds, airspace authorisations, flight noticeboard, Electronic ID, auditability, flight termination, accident and incident reporting, and digital flight logging. The project will culminate in field trials of an UAS delivery operation supporting BVLOS drone flights at Cranfield test facility. The system will work within the Open UTM framework

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“Unlocking the future of drone operations through integration.”

“Unlocking the future of drone operations through integration.”

“Unlocking the future of drone operations through integration.”

“Unlocking the future of drone operations through integration.”

“Unlocking the future of drone operations through integration.”

In many industries, drone operations have evolved organically, with more and more tasks being completed by drones as the benefits are better understood. As operations become more complex, Dronecloud and its partners ensure that they are both compliant, efficient and, above all, safe in how they operate. With dozens, if not hundreds of drone projects running, the traditional mosaic of multiple datapoints, spreadsheets, emails, is just not a sustainable way of managing operations.”

Partners in Project Rise:

Partners in Project Rise:

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WHAT IS PROJECT RISE?

WHAT IS PROJECT RISE?

WHAT IS PROJECT RISE?

THE FUTURE COMING SOON!

WHAT IS PROJECT RISE?

Project Rise aims to integrate evolving Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM), the drone version of Air Traffic Control (ATM), with the control systems onboard drones. It will then form part of a Centralised Command and Control Solution, based on the existing Dronecloud Software as a service (SaaS) platform. The project is part of an overall effort across the drone industry to integrate disparate systems at scale, to achieve safer, more reliable and auditable drone flights, even beyond the line of sight.

Heading back to February was the launch of the UK government’s Future Flight Challenge, a £125 million competition to propel the UK’s drone sector. This challenge aims to revolutionise the way people, goods and services fly and position the UK as a world leader in aviation products and will develop the supporting ground infrastructure, regulation and control systems, required to fly new aircraft practically and safely.

Dronecloud are pleased to announce our successful application making it through to round 2. This is hugely important to Dronecloud and our user community as we’re right at the forefront, leading the conversation around how the UK wishes to advance and develop the industry.

Most importantly, should our bid be successful, we’ll gain funding to develop Dronecloud into THE world leading drone operations platform.

This is all part of the journey of evolving current drone operation practices from a largely manual task, to a dynamic, real-time, automated operation. We all know flying EVLOS and BVLOS is the future and Dronecloud want to take our community on that journey.

In the past we had been using a bespoke in house portal system to manage our aircraft, record our flights and keep other documentation up to date, this worked well for us for the past few years however as we have grown as a business we have needed something more all encompassing to help us scale. Moving to Dronecloud has made the management of our drone services operation far simpler and more effective. The workflow is the best we’ve seen in any platform of its kind and we are now able to manage our operational teams, clients and compliance in one place with a new level of ease

Heading back to February was the launch of the UK government’s Future Flight Challenge, a £125 million competition to propel the UK’s drone sector. This challenge aims to revolutionise the way people, goods and services fly and position the UK as a world leader in aviation products and will develop the supporting ground infrastructure, regulation and control systems, required to fly new aircraft practically and safely.

Dronecloud are pleased to announce our successful application making it through to round 2. This is hugely important to Dronecloud and our user community as we’re right at the forefront, leading the conversation around how the UK wishes to advance and develop the industry.

Most importantly, should our bid be successful, we’ll gain funding to develop Dronecloud into THE world leading drone operations platform.

This is all part of the journey of evolving current drone operation practices from a largely manual task, to a dynamic, real-time, automated operation. We all know flying EVLOS and BVLOS is the future and Dronecloud want to take our community on that journey.

Project Rise aims to integrate evolving Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM), the drone version of Air Traffic Control (ATM), with the control systems onboard drones. It will then form part of a Centralised Command and Control Solution, based on the existing Dronecloud Software as a service (SaaS) platform. The project is part of an overall effort across the drone industry to integrate disparate systems at scale, to achieve safer, more reliable and auditable drone flights, even beyond the line of sight.

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In February 2020 the UK government launched the Future Flight Challenge. The challenge focuses on the development of the digital and physical infrastructure, regulation and control systems required to enable the industry to realise its true potential.
The Future Flight programme is funded by £125 million from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund which is expected to be matched by up to £175 million from industry.
This challenge aims to revolutionise the way people, goods and services fly and position the UK as a world leader in future aviation.

This is all part of the journey of evolving current drone operation practices from a largely manual task, to a dynamic, real-time, automated operation. "We know flying EVLOS and BVLOS is the key to unlocking the true potential of the technology and the industry. We want to take our community on that journey"

Heading back to February was the launch of the UK government’s Future Flight Challenge, a £125 million competition to propel the UK’s drone sector. This challenge aims to revolutionise the way people, goods and services fly and position the UK as a world leader in aviation products and will develop the supporting ground infrastructure, regulation and control systems, required to fly new aircraft practically and safely.

Dronecloud are pleased to announce our successful application making it through to round 2. This is hugely important to Dronecloud and our user community as we’re right at the forefront, leading the conversation around how the UK wishes to advance and develop the industry.

Most importantly, should our bid be successful, we’ll gain funding to develop Dronecloud into THE world leading drone operations platform.

This is all part of the journey of evolving current drone operation practices from a largely manual task, to a dynamic, real-time, automated operation. We all know flying EVLOS and BVLOS is the future and Dronecloud want to take our community on that journey.

In the past we had been using a bespoke in house portal system to manage our aircraft, record our flights and keep other documentation up to date, this worked well for us for the past few years however as we have grown as a business we have needed something more all encompassing to help us scale. Moving to Dronecloud has made the management of our drone services operation far simpler and more effective. The workflow is the best we’ve seen in any platform of its kind and we are now able to manage our operational teams, clients and compliance in one place with a new level of ease

Heading back to February was the launch of the UK government’s Future Flight Challenge, a £125 million competition to propel the UK’s drone sector. This challenge aims to revolutionise the way people, goods and services fly and position the UK as a world leader in aviation products and will develop the supporting ground infrastructure, regulation and control systems, required to fly new aircraft practically and safely.

Dronecloud are pleased to announce our successful application making it through to round 2. This is hugely important to Dronecloud and our user community as we’re right at the forefront, leading the conversation around how the UK wishes to advance and develop the industry.

Most importantly, should our bid be successful, we’ll gain funding to develop Dronecloud into THE world leading drone operations platform.

This is all part of the journey of evolving current drone operation practices from a largely manual task, to a dynamic, real-time, automated operation. We all know flying EVLOS and BVLOS is the future and Dronecloud want to take our community on that journey.

"We know flying EVLOS and BVLOS is the key to unlocking the true potential of the technology and the industry."

"We all know flying EVLOS and BVLOS is the future and Dronecloud want to take our community on that journey"

"We all know flying EVLOS and BVLOS is the future and Dronecloud want to take our community on that journey"

"We all know flying EVLOS and BVLOS is the future and Dronecloud want to take our community on that journey"

"We all know flying EVLOS and BVLOS is the future and Dronecloud want to take our community on that journey"

The processes and workflow of carrying out such a complex operation are comprised of disparate and siloed technologies and platforms, for example competing, global UTM services. Dronecloud will facilitate the integration for all parts of the operational workflow, regardless of the hardware or software being used.  

We regularly have large projects that involve our team of drone pilots being spread across the whole of the UK with requirements of having drones in the air at multiple sites at the same time. The Dronecloud system makes managing projects like these a lot simpler. For example, we completed a project conducting survey and inspection work on railway stations and during a three day period we conducted 10 inspections across different areas in the UK so having all the information accesible within Dronecloud made those days a lot easier to manage. Being able to manage multiple jobs concurrently and share vital information across teams is invaluable.

We’re working on our own consortium bid to demonstrate commercially competitive and scalable BVLOS drone operations, which aims to place Dronecloud as a central hub in managing complex drone operations, feeding into the broader “system of system” concept.

The processes and workflow of carrying out such a complex operation are comprised of disparate and siloed technologies and platforms, for example competing, global UTM services. Dronecloud will facilitate the integration for all parts of the operational workflow, regardless of the hardware or software being used. 

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The global Beyond Visual Line of Sight - BVLOS drone market (revenue)* is currently estimated at approximately $19B, (CAGR) of nearly 6% and a projected market size of $34B by 2029 Global. Europe is estimated to account for approximately 25% of the global drone market, with a projected BVLOS market worth $8.5B.

*Source: BVLOS Drone Market BIS Research 2019

Sky-Drones' Kirill Shilov (Founder & CEO): “Our main goal is to accelerate the development and adoption of unmanned aerial vehicles for enterprise by building connected hardware and software products for drone manufacturers and commercial drone service providers. We always strive to improve the safety and efficiency of drone operations and this collaboration will help to bring this to the next level.” 

Dr Saba Al-Rubaye, Senior Lecturer in Autonomous and Connected Systems at Cranfield University: “The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent social distancing measures has expedited the need for the fast and efficient delivery of goods – autonomous drones are an ideal solution for this. We’re delighted to be part of the Project Rise team, working to address the challenge of establishing reliable data and communication systems for unmanned aerial operations and their safe integration with manned aircraft in the same airspace.”

James Bircumshaw MRICS Infrastructure Manager at Skyports: “The integration of manned and unmanned aircraft in unsegregated airspace is key to creation of a drone delivery service that can be scaled for permanent commercial operations.  We are excited to be part of Project Rise that will develop the solutions to help unlock the economic and social potential of drone technology operated beyond visual line of sight”.

 

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