Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Swiggy and ANRA Make History: BVLOS Drone Delivery in India

ANRA Technologies Private Limited, a leader in integrated airspace management, and Swiggy, India’s leading on-demand delivery platform, today announced that stakeholders from the India Ministry of Defense (MoD), Directorate General of Aviation (DGCA), and Ministry of Civil Aviation (MOCA), awarded final clearances for the ANRA Technologies led consortia to commence trials for Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations in India. The ANRA drone delivery app will power deliveries the Uber Eats of India in an unprecedented series of BVLOS drone delivery flights in India.

The project has taken months of planning, but the 100 hours of planned BVLOS flights will be instrumental in taking India’s drone industry forward.  “The goal is to gather data and make this scalable across India,” explains ANRA Founder and CEO, Amit Ganjoo, in an interview. “To do these BVLOS operations has taken almost two years – but regulators are really jumping through hoops to make this a reality.”

ANRA’s flight team launched its first sortie on June 16, 2021. For the next several weeks, the flight team will conduct BVLOS food and medical package deliveries in the Etah and Rupnagar districts using ANRA SmartSkies technology and SmartSkies DELIVERY, ANRA’s software solution that connects customers, delivery services, and other stakeholders.

The first delivery was a box of chocolates, says Ganjoo – but the team is looking ahead to enabling medical drone delivery, a significant need especially during the current pandemic. “ANRA’s deep roots in India and my personal family ties make me especially proud to have contributed to this historic moment for India, government stakeholders, and our partners,” Ganjoo stated in a press release. “Knowing our technology may soon help deliver food and medical packages to underserved populations are what motivates and unifies our team.”

21/06/21 Miriam McNabb/Drone Life

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