The French drone startup Azur Drones has received its first autonomous flight permit in the Northern European market. The Danish Transport Authority has given the company permission to use its Skeyetech drone-in-box solution for safety and operational missions in the oil and gas sector.
An Azur spokesperson said the process included a risk analysis known as the Specific Operational Risk Assessment, approved by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency, adding that the company “has contributed to regulatory work at international level, to make autonomous flights the standard ”.
Using high-resolution optical and thermal sensors, Skeyetech autonomous drones can fly daily surveillance and inspection missions and can be controlled directly by security teams without the need for remote pilot training.
Skeyetech’s design is based on aerospace standards including engine redundancy, critical equipment redundancy, pyrotechnic parachute and geo-caging system. The system has logged more than 10,000 autonomous flights.
In an exclusive interview with DroneLife in 2019, Azurs General Director Stephane Morelli expanded the corporate philosophy:
“We chose the security sector because we believed that the technology, and especially our highly automated drone solution, would lead to a real disruption to the use and business model of suppliers in this sector. This choice is now confirmed by our customers. “
Earlier this year, Azur announced a contract to protect a recycled nuclear fuel site in The Hague. Azur drones will coordinate with security teams on site to maintain 24/7 surveillance of the highly sensitive location.
Azur received France’s first authorization for autonomous flight in 2019. Last year, the company received $ 2.9 million in new funding from a private investor for a total of nearly $ 29 million over four years.
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