UK’s national mapping agency steps up to support drone delivery

The United Kingdom is inching closer toward making drone delivery a reality. And it’s counting on location data from Ordnance Survey to do that.

The buzz about drone deliveries in the UK picked up pace this week when the country’s Civil Aviation Authority gave the green light to beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) test flights. Right now, these BVLOS flights will be conducted in industrial environments only – and that too for inspection and maintenance purposes. But if the trials are successful, they could soon pave the way for much broader uses of drones in the UK, including parcel deliveries.

In the meantime, the country’s national mapping agency, Ordnance Survey (OS), has been quietly helping drone companies to prepare for future success in the delivery world.

You see, when we talk about drone deliveries, just having the right house address is not enough. Drone delivery companies need to know everything from where a drone can land to which flight paths must be…