The Skeyetech drone box system from the French company Azur Drones may be used in Germany to make automated flights out of the pilot’s view (BVLOS) over private territory. To this end, the Luftfahrt-Bundesamt (LBA) has issued an operational authorization. According to Azur Drones, this is a prelude to many applications in Germany.
The heart of the Skeyetech system is a drone that is standing by 24/7 in a docking station. The drone can fly pre-programmed missions, or be sent into the air on demand. The operator watches from a control room and can freely operate the camera or change the flight path. This makes the system perfect for surveillance purposes, carrying out inspection flights, or assisting during calamities. At the end of each mission, the drone automatically returns to the box to be recharged there.
However, in order to deploy the drone out of sight of the operator (BVLOS), an operational authorization is required from the aviation authority in the country concerned. This is based on a so-called SORA (Specific Operational Risk Assessment), in accordance with the guidelines of EASA (European Union Aviation Safety Agency). Azur Drones reports that the ConOps and associated SORA in Germany has now been approved, paving the way for numerous applications.
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Thanks to a recent investment of 8 million euros, Azur Drones hopes to be able to expand further in and outside Europe in the coming period. For example, the Skeyetech system is now being used by customers in the United Arab Kingdom and Saudi Arabia, with further authorizations to be added to more Countries.
Azur Drones also wants to use the new investment to make improvements in production and customer support. Azur Drones currently employs 65 people and that number will be expanded in the near future.
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