Thursday, December 16, 2021

Drone Delivery Starts In India: Swiggy Tests 300+ Drone Deliveries For Food, Medicine Without Any Accident

In a trial, Food delivery unicorn Swiggy and integrated airspace company ANRA Technologies have jointly conducted over 300 drone-led deliveries of food and medicines in India. 

Reportedly, these trials were part of a project awarded to the companies by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and Ministry of Civil Aviation. 

These are meant to help prepare for the next set of drone rules for Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations. 

According to the companies, this was the first time such missions had been carried out in India.

Basically, BVLOS is a type of drone mission where the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) goes outside the usual visual range of the pilot. 

These trials requires complex technologies, mapping and much more, in order to be carried out successfully.

  They were conducted by ANRA’s flight team at the Indian Institute of Technology- Ropar campus in Punjab and in Uttar Pradesh’s Etah district.

In total, 352 drone trials were conducted for over 100 flight hours, covering 1,100 kilometers of incident-free operations. 

Further, these multirotor drones used ANRA’s SmartSkies CTR and SmartSkies DELIVERY platforms.

Basically, these two platforms helps drone operators with tracking, monitoring, deconflicting and other information crucial to conducting low-altitude BVLOS missions.

16/12/21 Sheetal Bhalerao/

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