Nordic Unmanned was assisting the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) in a regional operation involving national authorities from Finland, Estonia and Latvia using remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) for monitoring and surveillance.
Data in real-time
While the flight data is shared in real time among the three participating countries via EMSA’s RPAS Data Centre, the flights themselves are also cross-border in nature with the aircraft able to cross from the airspace of one participating country into that of another.
Nordic Unmanned operated the drone in support of various maritime and border safety tasks, including surveillance related to environmental protection and law enforcement. Typical tasks assigned to a remotely piloted aircraft include locating and identifying objects, and various surveillance and search and rescue tasks. It is a cost-effective solution that significantly improves the performance of maritime surveillance. The drone can provide situational images in emergency situations that support the maritime rescue operation. In addition, the RPAS is discreet, providing improved surveillance capabilities to the authorities concerned.
“We are very excited to deliver the cross-border monitoring and surveillance campaign using the fixed-wing system to authorities in Estonia, Finland and Latvia. Providing surveillance services, the system deployed from a hub location is using a spoke location to extend its range beyond the radio line of sight of the initial location. Equipped with a SAR (synthetic aperture radar), it provides high quality and real-time information to authorities about maritime activities”Knut Roar Wiig, CEO of Nordic Unmanned
The drone in use is the Textron Aerosonde. See video of the drone below!