Mar 2014
Gas Distribution
Beyond Visual Line of Sight Aerial Inspection Vehicle
NIA_SGN0035
Complete
Mar 2014
Sep 2015
SGN, Northern Gas Networks, Northern Powergrid, Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks, SP Transmission and UK Power Networks
Oliver Machan, Innovation Project Manager
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Network Innovation Allowance
GD - Future of gas
Gas Distribution Networks
£567,111.00
The scope of this 1½ year programme of work by VTOL Technologies is to develop an RPAS BVLOS specification that is endorsed by the CAA which can then be used to develop a RPAS BVLOS system (not part of this project).

The project will contain four stages –

Stage 1: BVLOS Requirements Gathering (6 months)

Stage 2: Developing the Simulation Environment (4 months)

Stage 3: Assessing Requirements (4 months)

Stage 4: An Industry Standard BVLOS Specification (4 months)

The objective of this project is to –

  • Identify what operational requirements the GDNs and DNOs might have for RPAS BVLOS.
  • Create a simulation environment based on real sections of the GDNs and DNOs networks.
  • Use the simulation environment to develop the specification(s) that will achieve the GDNs and DNOs operational requirements whilst also meeting the CAA’s criteria.
  • Use the simulation environment to demonstrate the specification to the GDNs, DNOs and CAA.
  • Deliver a specification(s), confirmed by the CAA that is one step towards developing a RPAS BVLOS for which CAA approval can be secured.
The success criteria for the project are:

  • The RPAS BVLOS requirements for the GDNs and DNOs are identified.

  • The costs of developing RPAS BVLOS capability are quantified and justified.

  • An RPAS BVLOS specification(s) is developed and agreed by the CAA.

The GDNs and DNOs are in a position to decide on whether to develop this specification(s) knowing that the potential system has the best chance of being compliant when presented to the CAA for approval.