Microdrones successfully completes 10 BVLOS test flights
On July 13 and 14, Microdrones completed a series of test flights that extended further than the operator could see—or, as it is referred to in the aviation industry, beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS). These flights were completed with a standard configuration of remote control, telemetry, and batteries, meaning that the md4-1000 aircraft is ready for BVLOS, as sold today.
The importance of BVLOS flights in the commercial drone industry are due to current legal limitations that require special permission for conducting such tests. These flights demonstrate the capabilities of BVLOS systems to perform tasks that require distance, such as delivery, corridor mapping, and infrastructure inspection.
The first set of tests completed were long-range tests over the Alma airport runway. The longest of these was 3 km (2 mi) back and forth. The md4-1000 aircraft made the 6-km (4-mi) trip with battery life to spare. The second set of tests consisted of altitude flight testing in which the drone climbed to a height of 850 m (2800 ft).
Transport Canada (TC) granted permission for, and attended, Microdrones' testing at the Unmanned Aerial System Centre for Excellence (UAS CE) in Alma. Last month, Microdrones' md4-1000 UAV was added to TC's exclusive list of Compliant Unmanned Air Vehicles. Only seven other companies worldwide have this distinction.
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