Thales ScaleFlyt and Skyports demonstrate BVLOS remote ID in two Singapore use cases

As part of the launch of Thales ScaleFlyt Remote ID, Thales and Skyports Drone Services jointly conducted tests in Singapore in September 2024. The purpose was to demonstrate Thales’ ability to conduct real-time tracking of drones using two use cases.

Thales and Skyports Drone Services are both committed to advancing Singapore’s drone services market to enable the use of drones to be scaled so that its benefits reach more businesses and communities. In that respect, both companies complement each other’s value proposition.

Shore-to-ship deliveries – One of the first operational use cases of this kind in the world. In Singapore, this test bed for drone technologies is supported by MPA (Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore) at Maritime Drone Estate (MDE). These flights took place in September 2023 with Skyports Drone Services and a recording was transmitted to audience members during the event.

Reservoir Inspection – On the demonstration day itself, the Singapore Thales team performed a technology demonstration with two drones simulating a reservoir inspection mission.

Skyports Drone Services deployed its ST Engineering DrN-35 aircraft, a multirotor drone authorized to fly BVLOS in Singapore for specific flight missions. Two of Skyports Drone Services ground staff performed aircraft checks at the take-off site. Aircraft controls were then handed over to remote pilots located at the company’s Remote Operations Centre at Seletar Aerospace Park, approximately 20km from MDE.

Thales personnel were involved to check on the installation of ScaleFlyt Remote ID on Skyports Drone Services aircraft and real-time tracking was monitored over ScaleFlyt digital platform.

The outcome of the flight with ScaleFlyt Remote ID was in line with Thales and Skyports Drone Services expectations and the purpose of the product, namely to track in real time the path of the drone.

Skyports Drone Services is a UK-based drone airline. The company partners with leading drone manufacturers to provide expert drone operations for businesses and communities around the world. Skyports Drone Services’ second office and APAC HQ is located in Singapore, where the company provides remote Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations for delivery, surveillance and monitoring use cases. Some of Skyports Drone Services key operations in Singapore include its ship-to-shore delivery operations and its work with the Public Utilities Board to monitor reservoirs and waterways.

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