ODENSE, Denmark, May 28, 2015 – Boeing [NYSE:BA] and its subsidiary Insitu Inc. today successfully conducted the first-ever beyond visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) flights in Denmark under civilian authority. The flights were performed by Insitu’s ScanEagle unmanned aerial system during the Nordic UAS Event, at the Hans Christian Andersen Airport (HCA) in Odense.
The ScanEagle launched from the HCA airport at 10:20 a.m. local time in a predefined airspace corridor over Northern Fyn, including the Odense Airport, Odense Fjord and Kattegat before returning to the airport.
The ScanEagle’s service record and prior approvals in the U.S. were carefully reviewed by the Danish Transport Authority who approved the demo flights. “We have taken a very thorough look at the information regarding the ScanEagle certification and are very satisfied with what we have seen,” said Carsten Falk Hansen, Director of the Danish Transport Authority.
The BVLOS flights are part of a broader collaboration with the HCA airport to further develop UAS Test Center Denmark, a testing, training and development hub.
“This was an important milestone for Boeing, Insitu and Danish industry,” said Debbie Rub, Boeing vice president and general manager, Global Strike. “Boeing, HCA Airport and the UAS Denmark consortium realize the importance of the rapidly growing unmanned airborne systems market for Europe, and by working together we can make Denmark a center for UAS development, testing and commercial operations across the region.”
Collaboration in unmanned aircraft technologies is one of several areas Boeing is pursuing with Danish companies. In addition to the partnership with the HCA Airport, Boeing is already working with Danish company Sky-Watch to explore ways to assist the next step in the development of its new fixed-wing, vertical take-off unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), with longer range and endurance. Boeing is also exploring projects with Danish companies like Systematic and Terma to integrate their ground and maritime-based command and control, or C2, systems with the next generation C2 systems of Boeing’s UAV platforms.
A recent study commissioned by Boeing and released by DAMVAD, a Danish economic consultancy, found that collaboration among Denmark’s defense industry and Boeing could create more than 10,000 jobs in Denmark and add 6 billion DKK to the country’s GDP over 20 years.
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