20 companies to conduct BVLOS drone operations

The Ministry of Civil Aviation has granted conditional exemption from Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Rules, 2021 to 20 companies to conduct Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) experimental flights of drones.

List of selected consortia for experimental BVLOS drone operations are: Aerospace Industry Development Association of Tamil Nadu (AIDAT); ANRA Consortium A; ANRA Consortium B; Asteria Aerospace Pvt. Ltd.; AutoMicroUAS Aerotech Pvt. Ltd.; Centillion Networks Pvt. Ltd.; ClearSky Flight Consortium; Dhaksha Unmanned Systems Pvt. Ltd.; Dunzo Air Consortium; Marut Dronetech Pvt. Ltd.; Sagar Defence Engineering Pvt. Ltd.; Saubika Consortium; Skylark Drones & Swiggy; ShopX Omnipresent Consortium; Spicejet Ltd.; Terradrone Consortium B; The Consortium; Throttle Aerospace Systems Pvt. Ltd.; Value Thought IT Solutions Pvt. Ltd.: and Virginia Tech India.

Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drone trials will help create a 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. The BEAM Committee evaluated the 34 Eols received and selected 20 consortia for the experimental flights.

These exemptions are subject to complete adherence to the requirements stated in the said EoI notice and the directions/exemptions issued (or to be issued in future) by the BEAM Committee. This conditional exemption shall be valid for a period of one year, or until further orders, whichever is earlier.

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