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Dronecloud™ research & innovation zone

Dronecloud™ research & innovation zone

Dronecloud™ research & innovation zone

Dronecloud™ research & innovation zone

Dronecloud™ research & innovation zone

Delivering the most transformational projects across the drone technology space

Delivering the most transformational projects across the drone technology space

Delivering the most transformational projects across the drone technology space

Delivering the most transformational projects across the drone technology space.

Delivering the most transformational projects across the drone technology space.

DCLabs is our designated innovation area where we discuss all our ongoing R&D projects.

DCLabs is our designated innovation area where we discuss all our ongoing R&D projects.

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, predominantly focussing on autonomous BVLOS flights and putting U-space to the test. We are working closely with regulators and technology partners to push this area of the industry forwards.

Given the challenge ahead we know that collaboration is paramount so if you are involved in an innovation in the technology space please get in touch, we would love to throw some ideas around!

Developing the systems to manage high-density operations with multiple automated drones under the supervision of fleet operators in the same airspce requires innovation. Dronecloud and our partners are providing the solutions to connected airspace today, addressing real-world commercial demands.

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The diagram above describes the workflow of the authentication process via Dronecloud. Integrating drone operations, regulators and the Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) to track, deconflict and authenticate flight approvals.

Partners

Partners

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Projects

Projects

Project RISE 

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Project XCelerate

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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

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?

WHAT IS PROJECT RISE?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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"

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"

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"

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

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

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

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

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

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.  

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.  

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.  

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.” 

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.”

 

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.”

Project XCelerate

Project XCelerate 

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Dronecloud is proud to be a partner of a BT (British Telecom) led consortium to deliver Project XCellerate in the ‘FUTURE FLIGHT’ DRONES Project to revolutionise airspace.

BT has taken a significant leap into the commercial drones market, as the company announced the formation of a new consortium to deliver a series of industry use cases across the UK’s first commercial drone corridor. BT,  together with Altitude Angel and a number of UK tech start-ups, have been selected by UK Research and Innovation to deliver “Project XCelerate” – a key Future Flight Challenge project which will establish the UK’s first commercial drone corridor in open and unrestricted airspace, located south of Reading, Berkshire.

Dronecloud are joining BT and Altitude Angel as part of the consortium as well as drone technology experts from HeroTech8 and Skyports; cyber security provider Angoka; and end user experts SkyBound Rescuer and DroneStream.

“From improved mobility, connectivity, healthcare and manufacturing output, to reduced road congestion and pollution, automated drone technology will transform the quality of our lives."

“From improved mobility, connectivity, healthcare and manufacturing output, to reduced road congestion and pollution, automated drone technology will transform the quality of our lives."

“From improved mobility, connectivity, healthcare and manufacturing output, to reduced road congestion and pollution, automated drone technology will transform the quality of our lives."

“From improved mobility, connectivity, healthcare and manufacturing output, to reduced road congestion and pollution, automated drone technology will transform the quality of our lives."

“From improved mobility, connectivity, healthcare and manufacturing output, to reduced road congestion and pollution, automated drone technology will transform the quality of our lives."

Gerry McQuade, CEO of BT’s Enterprise unit

Gerry McQuade, CEO of BT’s Enterprise unit

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In summer 2021, the project will conduct flight trials along the 8km-long corridor to demonstrate how drones can operate safely in the same airspace as manned aviation. The consortium will demonstrate key industry use cases across healthcare, emergency services and infrastructure to illustrate how drone deliveries and inspection can bring countless benefits to businesses, the public sector and UK citizens.  

The key use cases which will be explored by the consortium include using drones to assist the emergency services, for example during road traffic collisions and search and rescue missions. Using 3D mapping techniques, drones can be used for forensics purposes to aid the police when responding to road traffic collisions and can also help to locate missing persons during search and rescue missions. Project XCelerate will prove how drone technology can be used to speed up response times for such incidents, helping the emergency services to improve the chances of survival, whilst also reducing costs. 

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The project will also demonstrate how automated drones can reduce the lead times for urgently needed medical deliveries, helping the healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors to improve standards of patient care. A further use case is key infrastructure inspection, where drones can be used to help assess damage or maintenance required for critical national infrastructure for the utilities, telecoms and transport sectors. 

BT will combine its experience with Altitude Angel’s leading experience in Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) platforms, together with its operation of the Arrow Drone Zone commercial drone corridor. UTM is a key enabler to address the safe and efficient integration of unmanned vehicles into airspace. Project XCelerate will combine a network of existing and new technologies underpinned by Altitude Angel's proven UTM platform, incorporating existing air traffic management and communications systems and augmented by new technology, such as 5G.

Project XCelerate aims to widen the use of UTM systems by providing a framework which towns, cities, organisations and networks can follow in order to ‘open up’ portions of the sky. The project consortium is powerfully placed to realise the world's first live commercial automated BVLOS flight zone in which any compatible vehicle can connect into and fly within safely.

 

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