RigiTech starts unprecedented BVLOS drone delivery in France
Six months after getting mandatory approval from regulators, Swiss drone delivery company RigiTech began the first regular beyond visual line of sight (BVLOSL) operations in France on Monday, providing aerial shuttles of blood and biological samples between testing labs.
As DroneDJ reported at the time, Lausanne-based RigiTech initially obtained authorization for its BVLOS drone delivery project from France’s Direction Générale de l’Aviation Civile in August, and has since been working toward launch of the service for medical laboratory company Biogroup. The operation will transport biological materials the 26 kilometers separating facilities in Bourgoin-Jallieu and Tignieu-Jameyzieu, using a regulator-approved aerial corridor.
The deliveries will be made using RigiTech’s Eiger drone, which can transport payloads of up to three kilograms, representing about 150 pre-conditioned blood vials. The company’s open-ended BVLOS waiver for the…