Canadian Coast Guard Conducts BVLOS Trials of UAS in Oklahoma with Martin UAV and Kongsberg Geospatial

Canadian Coast Guard Conducts BVLOS Trials of UAS in Oklahoma with Martin UAV and Kongsberg Geospatial

Initial BVLOS trials of the Martin UAV V-BAT UAS within the US had been monitored in real-time over the horizon in Canada

The Canadian Coast Guard was in Oklahoma just lately, albeit nearly.  Kongsberg Geospatial introduced right this moment they efficiently carried out Phase 1 trials of the Martin UAV V-BAT on behalf of the Canadian Coast Guard at a UAS check facility operated by the Chocktaw Indian Nation of Oklahoma, in rural southeastern Oklahoma.

The Canadian Coast Guard is conducting trials of a brand new long-endurance UAV surveillance system for potential deployment on Canadian Coast Guard Vessels. The Martin UAV V-BAT plane was chosen to offer the distinctive skill to mix take off and touchdown from the small confines aboard ship with the lengthy endurance of a fixed-wing plane whereas carrying a number of sensors. The venture is funded by Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC).

Due to COVID journey restrictions the primary trial couldn’t be held in Canada as initially deliberate, so the Canadian Coast Guard held their first part of an unmanned system demonstration nearly because the V-BAT flew on the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma’s (CNO) check facility with Kongsberg Geospatial and Martin UAV personnel in attendance, whereas different groups noticed from Canada.

The flights demonstrated speedy launch and restoration, lengthy endurance, confined area take-off and touchdown, and car and individual monitoring utilizing electro-optical and infrared cameras. The cameras had been aided by an object detection and monitoring functionality software program.

The flights had been monitored real-time and reside video of the telemetry and payload was streamed to Ottawa Canada for commentary by the Canadian Coast Guard.  The video feeds had been then integrated into Kongsberg Geospatial Modular ISR Data Analysis and Storage system known as MIDAS.  MIDAS serves as a “mission intelligence coordinator” to view present and historic sensor feeds of the UAS inside a temporal and geospatial context to extend sensor utilization effectiveness.

“While it could appear unusual to have the Canadian Coast Guard conducting drone flights over a cattle ranch in Oklahoma, this was really a practical choice, given the restrictions imposed on journey by the pandemic”, mentioned Paige Cutland, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Kongsberg Geospatial. “The preliminary trials of the V-BAT had been to ascertain flight efficiency traits that may be evaluated wherever.”

With Phase 1 concluded efficiently, the subsequent part for the Canadian Coast Guard can be this summer time when Martin UAV and Kongsberg Geospatial go to sea on a Canadian Coast Guard vessel for shipboard demonstration.