Quidich and Asteria test India’s new drone rules and digital platform in trial flight

Aerial solutions company Quidich Innovation Labs completed its first No-Permission No-Takeoff (NPNT) compliant drone flight with its A200 Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS). According to busineswireindia the flight was carried out in a green zone identified by India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), near Tumkur in Karnataka. It provided test results as part of Indian plans to open up the skies for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).

The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) and DGCA released a comprehensive policy on use of UAVs, which came into effect on 1 December 2018. A Unique Identification Number (UIN) and an Unmanned Aircraft Operator Permit (UAOP), along with Online permission artifacts (OPA) for every flight, were made mandatory. The initiative includes the fully digital a portal named Digital Sky,

Quidich collaborated with Asteria Aerospace to complete the NPNT compliant flight, enabled through the Digital Sky platform. Q

According to busineswireindia, the process of getting to the first NPNT compliant flight was long and challenging. Asteria had to re-engineer their complete system to comply with the new standards. The A200 RPA System was subsequently certified by the DGCA to be NPNT compliant. The A200 Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) owned by Quidich was granted India’s first Unique Identification Number (U0000001). An online permission was then granted for the first NPNT Compliant Flight.

The test flight helped validate the successful operation of the Digital Sky platform and the efficacy of the online permission artefact architecture.

With the successfully validation of the entire compliance process via Digital Sky, the portal is now operational for use by the industry. Demarcation of flight zones (red, yellow, green) is also due completion to support commercial UAV operations.

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