Thursday, December 19, 2019

DGCA approves Dunzo and Throttle for long-range BVLOS drone experiments

While air cargo and logistics companies across the world have been acknowledging the utility of drones for its speed and automation after it made its first public drone delivery six months ago, India is yet to begin its experimental drone flights.

In October, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had selected seven firms, including Zomato, Swiggy, Zipline and Redwing, for long-range or beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) drone experiments.

These firms were asked to submit technical details by the civil aviation authority.

In the latest development, the applications of Google-backed hyperlocal delivery startup Dunzo and Bengaluru-based drone maker Throttle Aerospace Systems have been finally approved by the DGCA based on their experimental programme called beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) drone operations.

Throttle Aerospace Systems has tied up with SpiceJet’s dedicated air cargo service SpiceXpress that will provide the company with drones and assist in the initial testing phase.
19/12/19 Aarzoo Mittal/EnTracker
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