SkyGrid, a Boeing SparkCognition startup based in Texas, has announced the deployment of an autonomous remote UAV operations capability that will allow flight managers and operators to control and execute flights from afar.
SkyGrid is enabling safe remote operations for missions involving single and many drones using artificial intelligence and a variety of airspace-related data inputs. Organizations can utilize SkyGrid to automate routine inspections over a target area and create ideal flight paths for numerous segments. These pieces are then automatically connected together to form entire itineraries.
With little onsite support required for flight operations, the company’s route generation capabilities establish the safest route for each drone based on the flight plan, ambient conditions, vehicle performance, and mission objectives. Remote operators will be able to create and launch automated missions to a fleet of geographically dispersed aerial vehicles using SkyGrid’s remote UAV operations feature.
It permits video feeds from drones to be consolidated to a distant central location, such as a ground station, in addition to allowing remote management of drone fleets and the design of missions. For full autonomy, operators can integrate with precision landing and docking stations and access all flight metrics and representations on a single dashboard with an easy-to-use interface.
Operators and pilots on the ground are kept in the loop for full regulatory compliance and can take control at any time. For remote operations or managing several drones, SkyGrid suggests that all users obtain all relevant regulatory approvals.
“This solution enables drone operators to optimize their human resources and reduce the cost of UAV operations,” said Amir Husain, CEO of SkyGrid. “Drones deployed at multiple sites can now easily be operated from control centers. Subject to regulatory approvals, SkyGrid customers can augment or replace on-site pilots and enable higher sortie rates at a lower cost. SkyGrid Launch allows important use cases such as unmanned public safety surveillance, an inspection of pipelines, mines, and construction projects to be addressed at nation-wide or even global scale.”
To begin remote UAV operations, SkyGrid teamed with Raytheon Technologies and completely integrated its Mars multi-platform automation re-hosting technology.
“Leveraging our Mars technology with SkyGrid Launch will enhance the operator experience and allow them to scale and expand their operations,” said Denis Donohue, vice president at Raytheon. “Operators can manage everyone on one dashboard for a flawless experience. SkyGrid is a strategic partner and, with Raytheon’s decades of experience working in controlled airspace, together we will unlock the full potential of unmanned aviation.”
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