Flylogix collaboration with Cambridge Consultants will allow ground-breaking central management hub for drones – Drones Information
Flylogix and Cambridge Consultants, part of the Capgemini Group, today announced a collaboration that will use Iridium’s state-of-the-art satellite communications to safely control unmanned aircraft from a central control hub. In this way, Flylogix can switch from local drone control on the airfield to a centrally controlled operation and massively increase the resilience of their services to offshore facilities. The Flylogix service reduces the cost, risk and environmental impact of data collection from offshore exploration and production activities. Remote monitoring with satellite-controlled drones is an important development for offshore operations, while applications that go beyond the line of sight represent the next limit in the development of drone services.
Oil and gas operators need accurate and timely operating data. Flylogix offers full service over-horizon operations without the cost and environmental impact of manned aviation. This joint project will test and improve key elements of the service and show how complex, security-critical functions can be operated from a central hub.
Conventional radio-based drone control systems cannot support central control. So far, satellite-based control systems have not been economically viable in the private sector. Flylogix has already developed a novel dual satellite link that uses the affordable Iridium® network with one of the smallest available transceivers and enables secure commercial operations that span the horizon. Cambridge Consultants will work with Flylogix to develop and improve the performance of this system to enable stable and reliable global operations, all managed from Flylogix’s UK headquarters.
Cambridge Consultants has a long-term strategic relationship with Iridium Communications Inc., which operates the world’s only truly global satellite network. Cambridge Consultants helped develop key network components such as transceivers, gateway systems and service management platforms, as well as several generations of mobile phones that can access the Iridium platform. So it was a natural choice to help Flylogix develop its first unique service.
To support the development, Flylogix has established a relationship with a leading global provider of offshore drilling services for oil and gas drilling. This company will provide an offshore platform for test operations as well as unmatched insights into offshore inspection and data collection. The collaboration is also supported by Innovate UK, the UK innovation agency.
Flylogix Executive Chairman Charles Tavner commented:
“Flylogix is changing the security, cost and environmental impact of data collection from offshore platforms. Only Iridium satellite communications can provide the robust, low-latency connectivity required for such test applications. We are delighted to be working with Cambridge Consultants, the recognized leader in the development of satellite communications, on the critical move to centrally controlled operations. “
Stewart Marsh, Associate Director at Cambridge Consultants, added:
“This project uses our expertise in the fields of aviation and energy. By taking unmanned vehicles out of sight, we are breaking new ground and building on our long history of success in technically demanding and mission-critical system design. “
Flylogix is a team of innovative, practical engineers, scientists and operators who are transforming the remote operations business using unmanned aerial systems for operations across the horizon at remote locations.
Flylogix is a pioneer in the integration of self-developed software, artificial intelligence, satellite communication with small UAVs and usable ground stations.
Flylogix is based in Fareham and operates a fleet of unmanned FX2 aircraft from locations across the UK, from major commercial airports to short, isolated runways.
Flylogix was recently selected (May 2020) to participate in the UK Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) innovation sandbox. This gives innovative companies the opportunity to work together on new approaches to keep the UK aviation sector at the forefront of technology
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