Censys Technologies

Thirty-Mile BVLOS Flight Conducted with No Visual Observer on a Cellular Network

Nov. 28, 2023
This long linear flight can be copied and pasted for other organizations to scale and grow their BVLOS operations.

Censys Technologies operated a 30-mile, beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operation without visual observers flying Sentaero 5 over a cellular network in South Florida adjacent to Lake Okeechobee leveraging a performance-based (non-geo constrained) shielded operations waiver.

The mission was a proof of concept (POC) simulating data collection for algae blooms of a key piece of South Florida’s ecosystem. This use case promotes the value of BLVOS for long linear data collection and inspections.

“It is our goal to make commercial BLVOS common in the U.S., and last week is a major win for Censys Technologies, Sentaero 5, FAA regulators and the UAS industry,” said Trevor Perro, co-founder and CEO of Censys Technologies. “This is one of many steps of progress we will make.”

Sentaero 5, Censys Technologies newly released, American-manufactured VTOL fixed-wing, is a BVLOS enabler. Its upgraded user interface, cellular command and control link, standard remote ID and safety case enables operators to go further than ever before. Now, companies and organizations can extract the true value of true BVLOS.

“This is a beautiful concert of technology and regulation coming together, advancing the UAS industry in the U.S.” said Rob Knochenhauer, Director of Regulatory Affairs. “We continuously push for more advanced approvals with every waiver we submit.”

Censys Technologies continues to push the boundaries of drone technology, and the successful 30-mile BVLOS operation with the Sentaero 5 demonstrates the company's commitment to innovation, safety, and reliability, according to the company.

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