Inmarsat and Reliable Robotics collaborate on commercial satellite communications for RPAS

Inmarsat has announced a collaboration with aircraft automation company Reliable Robotics to support the integration of remotely piloted aircraft systems into the US National Airspace System and airspace worldwide. Inmarsat’s Velaris satellite communications service provides connectivity between remote pilots and aircraft for airspace access, including voice and digital communication links with air traffic control. By using existing certified airframes and commercial satellite networks, this new operating model is expected to expand the operational range for Uncrewed Aircraft Systems (UAS), says the press release.

Automation and remotely piloted aircraft can support future growth of freight volumes particularly for time-sensitive deliveries. Reliable Robotics is driving the industry forward with the automation of cargo aircraft to open up more routes to regional airports.

Velaris, powered by Inmarsat’s ELERA network provides a secure command and control (C2) link to connect Reliable’s remote pilots to its aircraft fleet. A connection is established using a small onboard satellite terminal and information flows through a private network. The equipment is designed to meet the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)’s recognised means of compliance and technical standards for airborne avionics.

Reliable Robotics is developing a certifiable system that enables continuous autopilot engagement through all phases of flight, including taxi, takeoff and landing with a remote pilot supervising operations. A satellite-based C2 link between the remote pilot and the aircraft is an integral component. Higher precision navigation, sophisticated flight planning capabilities and more robust flight controls better manage aircraft and environmental conditions and improve safety, reducing the occurrence of common causes of aviation accidents.

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