Drones “Atlas”, “Titan” and “Calypso” were flown in flight test 3 of our research project supported by the Innovation Challenge Fund. The project is proving that our technology can enable a drone to fly Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) in airspace that is shared with manned aircraft.
This final flight test was our most ambitious yet, with 4 drones airborne at the same time. 3 were fixed wing drones autonomously sensing and avoiding each other, with a fourth quadcopter filming the manoeuvres.
Each of the drones’ autopilots were loaded with a pre-planned routing. These routings had been intentionally programmed to include waypoints that would result in a collision with each other. No human intervention was allowed from launch to landing.
It was great to see the drones take-off, avoid multiple collisions with each other, complete their assigned routings then land. Autonomously.
Thanks to our partners at the University of Bath for all their hard work, and to the DfT for their excellent support throughout the project.