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West Coast Wonder – Another SkyX Milestone!

By admin In UAV News

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Dec
2018

West Coast Wonder – Another SkyX Milestone!

SkyX achieves another significant milestone.

This one took place on December 10, with four members of the SkyX team on Salt Spring Island – one of the Gulf Islands between the BC mainland and Vancouver Island. SkyX was there, along with other leading UAV companies, to partner with InDro Robotics.

InDro is one of four companies across Canada granted special permission to carry out Beyond Visual Line Of Sight (BVLOS) trial flights by Transport Canada. These demonstrations, which also include other technologies such as sense-and-avoid and parachute systems, are part of a graduated approach to demonstrate to regulatory authorities that Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (drones) can be safely flown in Canadian airspace autonomously and beyond the visual sight of the Pilot-in-Command.

InDro CEO Philip Reece specifically felt that SkyOne, given its Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) capabilities and long range, was an excellent choice for this demonstration.

“(This project)…led us to a complete market search of what was available out there…and SkyX was one of the main companies that kept popping up,” says Reece.

The BVLOS trials are very important to both Transport Canada and the UAS industry as a whole since they will contribute toward developing protocols to ensure that manned and unmanned aircraft can safely share the skies. (There are currently limited exemptions for First Responders to fly BVLOS in emergencies, which were approved only after an incremental approach that spanned some two years.)

“Now that Transport Canada is now following a similar route that they did in First Response in commercial endeavours,” says Reece, “I think this is the first step along that route for us to be able to see how BVLOS really comes into action in the next few years in Canada.”

It was also an incredibly important flight for SkyX. Though we’ve flown over rugged, hot and dusty terrain in Mexico, as well as below -20C in Alberta, we’ve never flown an extended BVLOS flight over water. This flight would prove our capabilities in yet another unique flying environment.

The planned route? Heading out some 15 kilometres over the Strait of Georgia before turning around and returning for a landing. Transport Canada (which has watched SkyX fly at its flight location near Toronto) was on scene to watch all of the trial flights, which also included technology demonstrations from other partner companies.

In terms of SkyX, we had a couple of missions to carry out. In the first, Pilot-in-Command Fiona Chui (a mechatronics engineer with a lot of flying time under her belt) carried out two VLOS flights on Salt Spring, within a strict geofence. These were still autonomous, and used our remote gear for programming and monitoring the flights (that’s the box you see on the table). Transport Canada officials watched as SkyX went through its Standard Operating Procedures and checklists, running the flights very much as a manned airline would.

Fiona Chui (seated) at the Sky Box remote station

Later that same day, we had more ambitious plans: A flight some 15 kilometres out over the water and back. That autonomous flight would be initiated from our Toronto HQ – a very long way away. (SkyX engineer Eitan Rotbart was the Second-in-Command on the ground, ready to take over if needed.)

And the flight? It was planned as per the screen grab below: The inner blue line marks the route SkyOne would follow after transitioning from its vertical takeoff to forward, fixed-wing flight. And those outer rectangles? Those are geofences, electronic borders used to ensure that even if SkyOne were to somehow veer off its intended path, those invisible barriers would stop the aircraft from flying any further. Such safety measures are an integral part of how SkyX operates and will play an important role as BVLOS flights become more common, leading to eventual integration between manned and unmanned air traffic.

Take a good look at that picture. That’s a lot of water to cover.

SkyOne’s planned route. Up, out, over the water and back.

BVLOS flight is our speciality, and what sets SkyX apart. Our Pilot-in-Command was sitting in our headquarters, some 3,300 kilometres away from the aircraft. After the autonomous flight was launched, the SkyX team would be monitoring from both locations as SkyOne took off and headed out over the water.

We’ve done flights similar to this before, including our 102-kilometre flight in Mexico in November of 2017 – which was also initiated and monitored remotely. And while we have tremendous confidence in our system, it’s always a time of immense focus and concentration when these flights take place. Here, from headquarters, is Pilot-in-Command Tzuki Friedman (R). Behind him is SkyX CEO Didi Horn.

Everyone was watching. The team at HQ, the team on the ground, Transport Canada…and all of the other partners involved in these critical BVLOS Trials. Of course, our team could see electronically that the flight was working perfectly, but there’s nothing quite like spotting SkyOne in the distance, as it gets close to home.

See that speck in the sky? That’s SkyOne, returning to Salt Spring Island after a 15-km trek over the ocean.

And right on schedule, after a 30+ kilometre voyage (that included taking high-resolution imagery throughout), there it was – ready to transition back to multi-copter mode and land like a helicopter. Someone captured the moment SkyOne returned to earth with a cellphone. It may be a little fuzzy, but the importance of the moment was crystal-clear.

“I think it’s amazing,” said CEO Didi Horn. “It’s a huge accomplishment not just for us, but for the drone industry as a whole. The fact that SkyX was able to achieve this in such a short period, I think, is above and beyond.”

So that’s what happened on December 10, another significant date in SkyX’s growing list of milestones. In truth, there’s a little more to this story (all positive and very significant), that we hope to be sharing down the road. Let’s just say SkyOne performed above and beyond.“Our UAV is built to fly long distances. Distances that most other companies just can’t even comprehend,” says Gav Martell, SkyX’s VP of Operations.

“Our team works with our system every day, and over time you start to take that for granted. The opportunity at Salt Spring Island to show Transport Canada, and other UAV companies a flawless 30km BVLOS flight, and to showcase just how great our people and our product is, was a chance to also remind ourselves just how special SkyX is.”

And that…is how we closed 2018.

We look forward, and skyward, to 2019.

Scott Simmie

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Published at Wed, 19 Dec 2018 07:05:55 +0000

{articles|100|campaign}Fruity Chutes Offers First Parachute System For the Mavic 2 Pro and Zoom

Introducing the first parachute system for the Mavic 2! Fruity Chutes was so excited when DJI launched the latest edition of the Mavic they got right to work on a parachute system for it.

The Fruity Chutes Mavic 2 Automatic Emergency Drone Parachute is lightweight, easy to use, and reliable. Designed with ease of use in mind, you can pack and load the parachute yourself; you do not need to send it back to the manufacturer after use. The parachute system can be used many times. A small rigger jig is included to make folding and packing the parachute easy.

The Mavic 2 parachute uses the same technology as the Mavic Pro parachute. To launch the parachute, the bundle provides the Harrier 40mm parachute launcher. The Harrier features a high-energy compression spring that ejects the parachute out and away from the Mavic 2 quickly. The launcher has no regulatory or transportation limitations so you can take your Mavic 2 with your Fruity Chutes parachute system anywhere you want.

The centrepiece of the parachute system is the Fruity Chutes Iris Ultra Light parachute weighing just 0.96oz (27.7g). The parachute can easily work at heavier load weights of 2.4Kg or more. The Mavic 2 bundle includes a high tech integrated nylon printed mount that wraps snug around the centre of the copter. No screws are needed!  The mount holds the Harrier 40mm launcher on one side, and the automatic trigger system (ATS), battery and optional manual rescue radio receiver on the other side. It provides good clearance between the prop tips and the parachute launcher components.

The parachute system is entirely self-contained, and not reliant on the Mavic 2 power so it works even if the copter’s battery has a complete failure. The automatic trigger system (ATS) can detect if the drone suddenly falls, rolls, or flips. Detection of a fall typically takes just 0.75 seconds or about 15 feet of free fall. By the time the pilot notices a problem, the parachute will already be ejected.

To learn more about Fruity Chutes visit our website at https://fruitychutes.com Also, see our Webstore page to learn more about the Mavic 2 Automatic Emergency Drone Parachute

Published at Wed, 19 Dec 2018 06:41:57 +0000

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