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WELCOME TO

THE DRONE OFFICE

 

Create Value, Use Drones.

 

THE DRONE OFFICE - CONSULTANCY SERVICES

THE DRONE OFFICE  CONSULTANCY

Prepare, implement, and scale.

End-user companies, communities, and technology suppliers can rely on our independent expertise to prepare, implement and scale their drone projects, with the right qualified solutions, for the right use case, within the remit of the current regulations.

Provide accessible training. Engage with stakeholders.

Knowledge sharing and training are key to operational success, management onboarding, and stakeholders’ engagement. We provide training, in plain English, so that unfamiliar technologies become easily accessible, compelling innovation.

The Drone Office provides:

Solution-agnostic approach

Independent expertise

Safe innovation

Use Cases. Value Creation.

Regulatory Feasibility.

Technologies, UAS, and key suppliers selection.

Training and management onboarding.

Implementation. Project Management.

Data Exploitation.

Scale-up.

DJI Multirotor

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Aeromapper fixed-wing user interface

Aeromapper fixed-wing BVLOS-ready 2kg UAS

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CAA Permission to fly for Commercial Operations CAA PfCO 5694, now UK CAA Pre-Defined Risk Assessment Operational Authorisation PDRA-01. 

Multirotor and Fixed-wing UAS.

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ARPAS-UK is the UK non-profit trade association  representing the drone industry and ecosystem in the UK. 

CLIENTS AND PARTNERS

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DRONES ARE PART OF THE DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

"Eyes in the sky"

They create value as a tool for digitisation and automation of operations. First, they were used in the audiovisual professional sector for wedding photography or video shootage of wildlife documentaries. Gradually, embedded software and image processing software became more and more sophisticated, and professional drones became relevant in agriculture, infrastructure inspection, construction, emergency services. Eventually, the benefit of drones as professional tools applied to a wide array of business fields. Specifically, these applications are all about sourcing images or information from the sky.

 Next: drones performing actions and transporting goods?

Tomorrow, as the autonomous revolution develops, autonomous drones will be able to transport goods over long distances. Yet, in terms of aeronautical safety, there is a gap between on one hand a drone of a few hundred grams evolving within line of sight under the control of its remote pilot, and on the other hand, a heavier aircraft evolving automatically beyond the visual line of sight. Undoubtedly, the technological challenge is tremendous and exciting.

 
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MEDICAL DRONE DELIVERY

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CAELUS FUTURE FLIGHT CONSORTIUM TO DEVELOP SCOTLAND MEDICAL DRONE DELIVERY NETWORK

AIRESPONSE CONSORTIUM ONE OF 14 SELECTED IN “DRONE SOLUTIONS FOR COVID-19” COMPETITION

The Drone Office is excited to be part of the CAELUS consortium. The team will develop and trial what will be the first national distribution network to use drones to transport essential medicines, blood, organs and other medical supplies throughout Scotland. 

The CAELUS (Care & Equity – Healthcare Logistics UAS Scotland) project, led by AGS Airports, will involve live drone flight trials. In addition to developing the ground infrastructure needed to recharge the drones and the systems to control them while flying, a key aspect of the project will be designing pathways to ensure the drones can safely share airspace with civil aviation. The project will also ensure critical aspects such as public safety, security and noise levels are considered.

The Drone Office is honoured and proud to be part of AiResponse, a consortium that aims to showcase the advantages of using drone technology to support current U.K. healthcare professionals and processes.

 

Working closely with the NHS as part of a wider consortium of academic, tech, and local government partners, we will be developing, testing, and implementing this novel solution to address the challenges facing the NHS when delivering test samples and medical supplies and will strive to develop faster, safer, and more economically viable transport solutions.

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CAELUS and AiResponse projects are funded by UK Research and Innovation through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.
UK Research and Innovation is a new body that works in partnership with universities, research organisations, businesses, charities, and government to create the best possible environment for research and innovation to flourish. We aim to maximise the contribution of each of our component parts, working individually and collectively. We work with our many partners to benefit everyone through knowledge, talent and ideas.

For more information visit www.ukri.org

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IMPROVE ACCESS TO CLINICAL PATHOLOGY DIAGNOSIS FOR ALL. WHITE PAPER IN CO-INNOVATION WITH CERBA HEALTHCARE.

Cerba HealthCare and The Drone Office  published their collaborative White Paper on opportunities and challenges of using aerial drones to support medical logistics. The teams identified 4 use cases where drones would be a powerful alternative to existing logistics schemes.

Cerba Healthcare is a  European leader, the group is present in all segments of the clinical pathology market: routine clinical pathology, mainly in France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Italy, and in Africa, through a network of over 650 laboratories and 60 technical facilities; specialised clinical pathology through the group’s original laboratory serving more than 50 countries in Europe, Africa and the Middle East; central lab testing for clinical trials, an essential service for the development of new molecules in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries.

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AMELIORER L’ACCES POUR TOUS AU DIAGNOSTIC DE BIOLOGIE MEDICALE. LIVRE BLANC EN CO-INNOVATION AVEC CERBA HEALTHCARE.

Cerba HealthCare et The Drone Office ont publié leur Livre Blanc développé en open innovation. Il analyse les enjeux et défis des drones en support de la logistique des prélèvements en biologie médicale. Il propose également des cas d’usage pertinents qui donnent ou améliorent l’accès pour tous au diagnostic de biologie médicale.

Cerba Healthcare est leader européen, présent sur tous les segments de marché de la biologie médicale : la biologie médicale de routine principalement en France, en Belgique, au Luxembourg, en Italie et en Afrique avec plus de 650 laboratoires, 60 plateformes techniques, la biologie médicale spécialisée au travers d’un laboratoire historique qui dessert plus de 50 pays en Europe, en Afrique et au Moyen-Orient, la biologie d’essais cliniques, indispensable à l’industrie pharmaceutique et biotechnologique.

 KEY TAKEAWAYS

The EU drone, or UAS unmanned aircraft system, regulation came into force on the 31st of December 2020. 

Open / Specific / Certified categories

3 categories of operations are defined. They are called Open / Specific / Certified depending on the level of operational risk.

The details of the Open Category are at the heart of this first set of regulations. The Open category covers low-risk operations that will not require any authorisation but will be subject to strict operational limitations. Typically, recreational users will fly within the Open category requirements. Probably a good portion of professional activities could also belong to the Open category.

The Open Category’s key restrictions are Maximum mass of 25kg. Flight in Visual line of sight only “VLOS”.  Maximum height of 120m/400ft. 

Open sub-categories

Three sub-categories have been defined to adapt requirements to the level of ground-risk of injury to uninvolved people:​

 

  • Open A1: Urban area, Flyover uninvolved people but not over crowds

  • Open A2: Urban area, Fly close to people but at safe distance and not over them

  • Open A3: Non-urban area, fly far from people

« Specific » category

The specific category refers to operations that are neither “open” nor “certified”. These operations will require either prior authorisation from the competent authorities based on a thorough risk assessment and mitigation plan or a prior declaration to the extent that these operations meet the criteria of pre-determined standard scenarios STS.

« Certified » category

Considering the level of risk of damage to property and/or people, safety requirements are similar to manned aviation. 

Operations in the certified category should, as a principle, be subject to rules on certification of the aircraft, certification of the operator, licensing.  

Product CE Marking

A major benefit of the EU regulation is the introduction of product standards for drones that can be used in each Open subcategory, and the well-known CE marking approval process. 

Each Open sub-category is paired with CE class of drones (C0, C1, C2, C3, C4) so that the drone characteristics and safety features are adequate for its matching operational Open subcategory. It will be up to manufacturers to develop products meeting the CE marking requirements, to be widely distributed on the market. 

Legacy products / Products not meeting the CE Marking

In 2021 and 2022, existing drones, or legacy products without CE marking, can fly in the Open category, but restrictions apply. After January 2023, the Open category will be accessible only to UAS with CE marking.

 

Professional operators

There is no distinction between commercial operations (PfCO in the UK) and recreational users. Instead, the regulation essentially considers the operation’s risk profile and the drone characteristics, regardless of the operation’s commercial nature or not. 

Standard permission for commercial operations PfCO in the UK will remain valid until their term. There was no overnight impact on 31st December 2020. Upon renewal, a PfCO holder can select to remain in the Specific Category.  Terminology changes, they apply for an operational authorisation PDRAUK01 that takes over the requirements and privileges of the current standard permission.

For more information, read: New UAS Regulation 

 

ABOUT US

ABOUT US

Anne-Lise Scaillierez,

Partner

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Anne-Lise a partner at The Drone Office. Drones are part of the autonomous vehicle transformation and her first objective is to help clients develop a safe and innovative drone roadmap. Drones are also part of the digital transformation. So, beyond safety, her objective is to help clients transform disruption into a competitive advantage and value creation. Equally important, we share with clients a vision of technology with a sense of purpose, that truly adds value for everyone. In addition, Anne-Lise is a qualified SUAS pilot registered with the CAA. She is also a Director of ARPAS-UK, the UK non-profit Trade Association for the UK drone Industry. In this capacity, she provides expert briefings to public stakeholders and conferences. Prior to her current position, Anne-Lise was VP Group Strategy for an international Defence & Aerospace company. In this position, she promoted a digital roadmap including Autonomous Systems. Thanks to a rich professional life in international technology, aerospace , rail automation and telecom companies, Anne-Lise developed a solid 360° perspective on the unmanned environment.

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