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NBEC test programme kicks off with Blackstart flights

07 February 2019
The first test flights within NBEC have successfully taken place at Cranfield Airport in the UK. Source: Cranfield University

Cranfield Airport in the UK announced on 6 February that it has hosted the first test flights for the National Beyond visual line of sight Experimentation Corridor (NBEC), involving a Blackstart unmanned aircraft system (UAS) from Blue Bear Systems Research Ltd.

Blue Bear conducted multiple 3 km extended visual line-of-sight (EVLOS) circuits with a Blackstart, keeping within the Cranfield Air Traffic Zone. EVLOS is a flexible concept as an intermediate step towards beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS). It uses an observer or cameras to maintain a line-of-sight level of situational awareness for the UAS operator.

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