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RPAS Ecosystem Development: The Implementation of BVLOS Innovation

At the BVLOS Innovation Centre, we focus our efforts on advancing the RPAS sector toward BVLOS and their integration into non-segregated airspace. Those efforts are balanced among three interrelated elements of advancing capability, ensuring safety, and building trust (their descriptions were the focus of a separate article found here) which align closely with a typical innovation development cycle.

  • 1

    To achieve BVLOS operations in non-segregated airspace, many barriers must be resolved by advancing a specific capability; typically done as a project. Detect and Avoid (DAA), proof of technical airworthiness, crew training, RPAS Traffic management (RTM), policy and process changes are examples of large undertakings being advanced by many inside and outside of the aviation sector.
  • 2

    Advanced capabilities expand the potential for new use cases that aren’t currently covered by existing Regulation. Pursuing these use cases serves to influence the development of regulations and priorities regarding which technologies and what timings will need to be addressed first.
  • 3

    Evidence of safety for any specific technology or use case is essential to inform standards and regulation development. Once proven and accepted broadly, they become the guidance for safe operations.
  • 4

    Regulation informed by evidence allows initial RPAS use cases to be approved and builds experience to further evolution toward commercial success.
  • 5

    The conduct of safe initial and ongoing operations builds trust across a broad spectrum of RPAS stakeholders and helps to develop confidence in operators and use-cases.
  • 6

    With proven safety, consistent reliability, and beneficial outcomes, the confidence to adopt RPAS increases, and the market grows.
  • 7

    Markets are served by RPAS operators who scale their implementations to other geographical areas, vertically integrate the supply chain, and consider how proven successes might be translated to new use cases.
  • 8

    The exploitation of approved use cases and the development of others that utilize the same evidence become common which further exposes what additional capabilities, standards, regulations, and policies are required for further integration and market growth.
  • 9

    Technology gaps are opportunities for new research and developmental efforts. Revenues from use cases may fund advancements in individual companies. Sectors may fund the resolution of gaps for their specific vertical. New capabilities continue the innovation cycle in future iterations/evolutions.

About: BVLOS Innovation Centre (BVLOS InC) formalizes the long-standing relationship between the Foremost UAS Test Range and the technical, operational, and regulatory compliance expertise of UxS Consulting Limited. The partnership creates a cohesive set of capabilities to enable RPAS organizations achieve their BVLOS aspirations.