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Drone-in-a-box systems simplify drone operations. A ground station containing the drone charges it and keeps it operational. This means the drone is ready for takeoff at any time.

The deployment is also automated. The weatherproof station opens and the drone flies a pre-programmed route. It then returns to the box. A pilot no longer needs to be directly on site for the mission, which can be carried out remotely.

Also known as drone hangars or drone garages, they are particularly suitable for missions in which drones fly fixed routes out of sight. This results in a wide range of application examples, such as the monitoring of critical infrastructure, inspection of construction sites or the use of the system by plant fire departments.

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A drone-in-a-box (DIB) system is a highly automated drone system. It is used to perform autonomous drone flights beyond the pilot's line of sight (BVLOS). The drone is controlled from a control station. A pilot on site is no longer necessary. Since the drone is located in and protected by a box, missions can take place at any time and in almost any weather.

A Drone-in-a-Box system consists of the following components:

  • Drone: operational device for flight execution.
  • Box: Storage place as well as take-off and landing point for the drone.
    Automatically charges and monitors the drone and protects it from
    weather conditions.
  • Control software: Enables planning and automated execution of drone flights.

Currently, drone hangar or drone garages are best suited for the following applications: Perimeter flying, plant protection, fire monitoring, construction site control, regular inspection flights.

Operating a drone beyond visual range takes place in the special category. An operating permit from the responsible state aviation authority is required for this. The operating concept required for this must describe in detail all procedures planned with the drone-in-a-box system. Furthermore, a risk assessment must be prepared, among other things.

Droniq has received the first operating license for the DJI Dock drone-in-a-box system throughout Europe. This sets the course to enable industrial and BOS customers to perform automated drone operations in the future. In addition to obtaining the operating license to conduct flights beyond the pilot's line of sight (BVLOS), Droniq is taking care of the system's integration into the airspace and secure data processing.

Deployment Preparation:

  • Manual drone deployment: Drone must be brought to the deployment site before each operation. There, it is set up manually. Only then can the flight begin.
  • Drone-in-a-Box system: With the exception of flight planning via the control software, no preparation is required. Drone is continuously charged and monitored in the box, making it permanently ready for use.

Flight Execution:

  • Manual drone operation: Performed by a pilot. Drone pilot must be on site for flight preparation and execution
  • Drone-in-a-Box system: flight is automated and can be launched from anywhere via software. No on-site presence of a pilot necessary for flight preparation and execution.

Personnel effort in drone flight:

  • Manual drone operation: 1:1 relationship: each pilot controls one drone.
  • Drone-in-a-Box System: Multi-Drone Operations: Using control software, one pilot can coordinate multiple drones.

Preferred method of drone use:

  • Manual drone operation: Within the pilot's line of sight (VLOS: visual line of sight). Flight area is limited by this.
  • Drone-in-a-Box system: beyond visual line of sight of the pilot (BVLOS). Field of operation unlimited within the range.

Suitable for:

  • Manual drone operation: Constantly changing spontaneous missions or tasks
  • Drone-in-a-Box system: applications in which the drone regularly flies one or more predefined routes.

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