Experiment for BVLOS Drones

10 May 2021 Current Affairs:The government has given permission to 20 organisations to perform BVLOS experimental drone flights. In addition, the Telangana government granted an exemption to perform experimental drone flights beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS).

♦ The Telangana government has been given conditional exemption by the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to conduct experimental Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drone flights for vaccine delivery.
♦ Exemption from the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Rules, 2021 was granted as part of the government’s ongoing efforts to expand the reach of drone use in the country and aid the country’s battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.
♦ Earlier this year, 20 consortia were given permission to perform BVLOS (Beyond Visual Line of Sight) experimental drone flights.
♦ The BVLOS trial will help create a regulatory framework for drone delivery and other major applications

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