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Nova Systems Completes Multi-Drone UTM Trial

Nova Systems Completes Multi-Drone UTM Trial

  • Jun 5, 2017

Nova Systems has just completed the most complex and advanced Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Traffic Management (UTM) system trials in Australia to date.

The trial, funded by Local Government Association of Queensland and Project Managed by Local Government Infrastructure Services, is the first stage in a series of trials intended to explore how Drones and UTM can be utilised in emergency scenarios to increase safety and efficiency. Nova was supported by the following Drone Operators: Scout Aerial Media and Surveying, Little Ripper Life Saver, and V-TOL Aerospace. UTMs trialled included: PrecisionHawk LATAS, AGI’s UTM, AirMap, and RelmaTech SIAM.

Nova’s role in the trial covered Safety Case development and CASA approvals, trial design and conduct, and on-site trial safety management, resulting in a Multi-Drone, Multi-UTM, > 400ft AGL, Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) trial in military controlled airspace. The trial explored different Remotely Piloted Aircraft (Drones) types and sizes, payload capabilities (including live payload distribution over an LTE network), the effectiveness of each UTM (some of which relied upon the LTE network), control of Drones over the LTE network, and a new ‘Range Safety’-based approach to trial safety management, across a series of different emergency scenarios.

The trial was considered a success by all in attendance and provided confidence in Nova’s Advanced UAS Trial capability. Nova extends it’s thanks to all participants for their significant contributions.

For more information about Nova Systems’ UAS capabilities, contact Dr Terry Martin –

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