The Indian Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) has just taken a major step forward to promote drones in India. Just a year after India announced that they would allow experimental drone flights beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS), two consortia, both led by ANRA technologies, have been granted exemptions to operate drones BVLOS. ANRA Technologies, the only company to receive approvals for both its consortia, will focus on delivery of medical supplies including blood and medicines – and in a partnership with Swiggy, one of India’s largest food delivery platforms, contactless delivery of food.
The ANRA-led consortium includes partners like Swiggy, one of India’s biggest food delivery platforms. Other consortium partners include renowned Indian Institute of Technology, Ropar, as well as BetterDrones, an Indian drone service provider providing a network of trained pilots.
These BVLOS operations are likely to begin the middle of July, subject to easing of COVID-19 restrictions. “India is looking at the operations as a way of fast tracking its policy and preparing the local industry for a major push into the drone services segment globally,” says ANRA.
“ANRA is honored to lead two consortia for BVLOS experimentation with partners that have commercial and humanitarian use cases to advance drone operations for India”, said Amit Ganjoo, CEO at ANRA Technologies.
ANRA is a domain expert supporting the development of India’s nationwide operational UAS Traffic Management (UTM) platform, Digital Sky. The BVLOS operations covered by the exemptions will be enabled by ANRA SmartSkiesTM CTR as well as SmartSkies™ Delivery platforms. SmartSkiesTM provides execution and management of drone operations in controlled and uncontrolled airspace, ensuring the safety of the National Airspace and seamless integration into the legacy ATC systems.
SmartSkies also provides an innovative feature for secure two-way text communication between drone pilots and airport towers. Only authorized tower personnel will be able to communicate with drone pilots using SmartSkies™ technology, helping to improve coordination during emergencies.
With long-range, BVLOS drone delivery on the near horizon, drones in India may finally take flight as the growing tech economy in the country warrants.
Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional drone services marketplace, and a fascinated observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. Miriam has penned over 3,000 articles focused on the commercial drone space and is an international speaker and recognized figure in the industry. Miriam has a degree from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies.
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