ASSURE Partner Introduces New Technology that Promises to Make Commercial UAVs more Practical for Real Use

May 25, 2015

Kongsberg Gallium, an ASSURE partner, is a software company that produces geospatial visualization software and has developed a new safety display technology that could dramatically expand the capabilities of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), in ordinary commercial use. Development of the technology was partially funded by a federal research grant through the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP).

Currently, UAVs, or "drones" as they're often called, can only be flown for commercial purposes within the visual range, or "Line of Sight" of the operator. This restriction places a severe limit on the range and usefulness of UAVs for ordinary commercial purposes like pipeline inspection or mineral exploration.

Kongsberg Gallium, who provides the geospatial visualization technology used in several large military drone programs, has created a software platform that can give UAV operators operating at ranges beyond Line of Sight (LOS), the same level of spatial awareness they would have when actually piloting a light plane visually - what pilots call "Visual Flight Rules". Providing real-time awareness of other aircraft, airspace and terrain will be critical to allowing UAV operators to gain regulatory approval to conduct commercial operations beyond Line of Sight.

To view the full article, please see: Kongsberg Gallium News