PIB SUMMARY 

  1. Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) experimental flights of drones
  2. Operation Samundra Setu II

Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) experimental flights of drones

  • Ministry of Civil Aviation has granted conditional exemption from Unmanned Aircraft System {UAS) Rules, 2021 to 20 entities to conduct Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) experimental flights of drones. 
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  • The preliminary permission grant is envisioned to assist the supplementary framework development of subsequent UAV rules pertaining to Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drone operations.  
  • BVLOS trials will help create framework for future drone deliveries and other major applications using drones.
  • The Central Government had constituted the 'BVLOS Experiment Assessment and Monitoring (BEAM) Committee' to invite Expression of Interest (EOI) to undertake BVLOS experimental flights of drones.

List of Selected Consortia for experimental BVLOS drone operations

1.    Aerospace Industry Development Association of Tamil Nadu (AIDAT)

2.    ANRA Consortium A

3.    ANRA Consortium B

4.    Asteria Aerospace Pvt. Ltd.

5.    AutoMicroUAS Aerotech Pvt. Ltd.

6.    Centillion Networks Pvt. Ltd.

7.    ClearSky Flight Consortium

8.    Dhaksha Unmanned Systems Pvt. Ltd.

9.    Dunzo Air Consortium

10.  Marut Dronetech Pvt. Ltd.

11. Sagar Defence Engineering Pvt. Ltd.

12. Saubika Consortium

13. Skylark Drones & Swiggy

14. ShopX Omnipresent Consortium

15. Spicejet Ltd.

16. Terradrone Consortium B

17. The Consortium

18. Throttle Aerospace Systems Pvt. Ltd.

19. Value Thought IT Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

20. Virginia Tech India


Operation Samundra Setu II

  • It is initiated by the Indian Navy to aid in the faster transportation of medical oxygen and other supplies from other countries in view of the surge in cases of Covid-19.
Indian Navy launches Operation Samudra Setu to repatriate Indian citizens  from overseas
  • Under the mission, the deployed warships will undertake shipment of liquid Oxygen filled cryogenic containers & associated medical equipment in support of the nation's fight against Covid-19.
  • Earlier, Operation Samudra Setu under the Vande Bharat Mission was launched last year by the Navy to rescue Indian citizens stranded in neighbouring countries amid the Covid-19 outbreak.
    • Vande Bharat Mission was the biggest evacuation exercise to bring back Indian citizens stranded abroad amidst the coronavirus-induced travel restrictions.
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