Swoop Aero gets okay in Oz for global remote drone pilot center
Talk about beyond visual line of sight. Swoop Aero has won approval from Australia’s Civil Aviation and Safety Authority (CASA) to operate a centralized facility that will allow employees of the drone delivery company to remotely pilot up to five different UAVs over three different continents at once.
Swoop Aero made the announcement today, calling approval to run the Remote Operations Centre (ROC) a major asset “to strengthen and streamline international” activity. It said the facility will allow it to run its expanding drone delivery activities more like a global airline by centralizing its operational and navigational tech in one place, thereby enhancing the network’s visibility and efficiency world-wide. The company is expected to locate the ROC at its headquarters in Melbourne.
Never lacking in ambition, Swoop Aero also noted in the announcement that it expects to swiftly scale operations of the ROC, and increase the ratio of delivery drones in…