Department 13 announces first remote operations centre to support increasing BVLOS operations in Australia

Department 13 has unveiled its first Remote Operations Centre (ROC) to support the increased demand for Beyond Visual Line Of Sight (BVLOS) drone operations across a range of industry sectors throughout Australia. The ROC is capable of operating a range of drone platforms, with success recently illustrated using the Nightingale Security Blackbird, says the company press release.

The ROC was designed and built to meet Civil Aviation Safety Authority’s (CASA) specifications for safe use and control of a remote cockpit. These specifications ensure the ROC’s flight, communications, and information systems are sufficiently robust to endure redundancy impacts in worst-case scenarios. As visual sight is the primary means by which pilots determine safe path execution, developing systems to safely fly drones BVLOS requires advanced communication and control systems to identify airborne threats and vulnerable ground areas.

Department 13’s UAS pilots hold a range of specialist aviation certifications, operate BVLOS flights, and are trained and approved to operate all D13 ROC platforms.

Department 13 reports a series of critical national infrastructure organisations projects rolling out in 2022 that will benefit from the new ROC services.

(Image: Department 13 chief remote pilot Peter, and chief maintenance office Marcus, in the new ROC)

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