Paris drone corridor commences with first beyond visual line of sight flight

The long-range drone air corridor to the south of Paris has completed its first Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drone flight. The drone took off from La Base 217 in Brétigny-sur-Orge and flew along the corridor to Le Val-Saint-Germain on 22 June.

The BVLOS flight was part of U-ELCOME DSD Project, led by the Eurocontrol Innovation Hub, and was performed by Thales Aerospace, Parrot and Hub Drone Systematic – with live feed to the Paris Air Show auditorium at Le Bourget along with a keynote by Eurocontrol’s Ludovic Legros, U-ELCOME project manager, and an address by Farah Luu from Thales to introduce this pioneering flight.

Centre d’Excellence Drones Ile de France (CEDIF) – is responsible for the corridor, and aims to accelerate the deployment of U-space by providing a realistic environment for flight trials, equipment development and training, with various types of air and ground risks that will help familiarise end-users with real-life operational challenges and U-space services.

U-ELCOME is funded by CINEA in cooperation with the SESAR Joint Undertaking.

The flight was made possible thanks to the Région Ile-de-France, La Base 217, Coeur 217, Coeur d’Essonne Agglomération, and Ville de Brétigny-sur-Orge.

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