Skyports flies Pyka heavy-lift cargo drones in UK Royal Navy trials
The UK UAV company Skyports Drone Services didn’t wait long to put its decision to acquire Pyka heavy-lift cargo craft into action, announcing this week it had successfully completed a trial of their aerial applications during a Royal Navy tech demonstration event.
London-based Skyports announced it had performed flights of its Pelican cargo drones, which it bought earlier this year from California startup Pyka, during the Royal Navy’s recent Uncrewed Aerial Systems Heavy Lift Challenge (UASHLC). The objective it attained, the company said, was to demonstrate the UAVs’ utility in long range beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flights and diverse maritime missions.
Performance of Skyport’s Pelican craft was part of the second phase of the Royal Navy’s heavy-lift competition, during which the Pyka drones transported medical supplies, equipment, and humanitarian aid in simulated military scenarios. The flights took place before assembled…