DORAI publishes first requirements for drone operators, invites industry input

The Drone Operator Requirements Aero Initiative (DORAI) has published the first requirements to support and help drone manufacturers focus their development efforts. These requirements are the result of a half year intensive collaboration and alignment effort done by drone operators on a pan-European level, representing France, Italy, The Netherlands, Belgium, Greece and Switzerland.

The requirements cover both hardware development (incl. packaging sizes, payload handling automation) as well as software development (incl. interfaces towards operator BVLOS Ground Control, enabling U-Space operator responsibilities).

The DORAI members request their technology suppliers to use the DORAI minimum requirements in their drone platform developments going forward.

All drone related actors are invited to provide input that can be included in additional future (periodic) requirement publications. DORAI targets the next publication for 1 February 2024. DORAI is furthermore open to operators who wish to collaborate on industry requirements. Any operator can join DORAI if they subscribe to a modular drone industry setup and do themselves not manufacture drones.

This effort runs in parallel to the European SESAR SAFIR-ReadySAFIR-Med projects where the 34 partners and advisory members adhere to the same requirements to support EU legislation and U-Space.

DORAI created in 2022 with the objective to ensure efficient and effective technology development for the unmanned aviation sector. Drone operators align on use case-based requirements to provide economically viable and robust services.

DORAI forms a platform for drone operators to align and communicate their requirements towards drone Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and unmanned aviation related technological providers. DORAI statements provide a clear, publicly referenceable basis for future development. These statements give guidelines for drone design choices towards a viable, scalable and modular drone eco-system.

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