The Foremost UAs Test Range is a part of three Alberta-based SMB (small and medium business) partners who have paired up with Peraton Canada to enhance the use and development of Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) technology.
It was announced on Oct. 30 that between UxS , who are representing the Foremost UAS Test Range, along with Aerium Analytics and Canada UAVs will be involved in the Project Skysensus which is the signal of growth in the unmanned air systems arena in Canada and the world.
The four companies will be a part of the development and use of RPAS technology for Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) applications.
The Skysensus is a five-year commitment to support the research and development as well as commercialization and advances in the Canadian drone industry.
Peraton Canada’s obligation under Canada’s Industrial and Technological Benefits policy is the requirement of companies winning military and coast guard contracts to invest in Canada’s economic development at a commensurate level to the value of the project.
Transport Canada, Nav Canada and the Department of National Defense will be a part of the project.
All the companies involved will implement a series of research and development activities with increasingly progressive complex environments.
A series of capability demonstrations will result in risk modeling and technology advancements increases the safety of future BVLOS operations.
“The Foremost UAS Test Range and UxS are delighted to be partnered with Peraton, Aerium and Canadian UAVS in Project SkySensus. The (research and development) we are undertaking addresses many of the significant technical challenges that will advance safe BVLOS for Canada and Canadian companies,” said Doug Hanna, general manager at Foremost UAS Test Range.
Foremost UAS Test Range will house a component of the testing with flight testing in conjunction with the other companies and will be observing airworthiness for the aircraft’s reliablity in the sky.
“The project demonstrates our commitment to the three SMBs and to the development of Aerospace and Defense and the UAS industry in Canada. As part of our ITB obligation, SkySensus will stimulate jobs and innovation and could transition to an ecosystem that draws additional SMBs and academic and research institutions with aligned interests and skill,” said Denean Tomlin, ITB/off-sets manager for Peraton Canada.
Testing was expected to start at Peraton’s Calgary location on Nov. 1.
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