Fat Shark has partnered with Skypersonic, the manufacturer of the Skycopter UAV, to complete a remotely piloted long distance drone flight. The flight consisted of a pilot, located in Orlando, Florida, controlling a drone flying in Detroit, Michigan. The flight integrated Fat Shark’s new digital technology, “Shark Byte” with Skypersonic’s Skycopter and remote pilot software system. The pilot’s flight instructions to the drone were transmitted through Skypersonic’s servers located in Italy.
The drone pilot was 1,000 miles away. The companies believe this represents the first commercial completion of a remote flight similar to how drones are used by military forces.
“The ability to control the flight of a drone from thousands of miles away should accelerate the commercial adoption of drone technology, expand the number of business services that can be provided by drones, and lower travel and training costs for companies deploying drones,” said Jeff Thompson, CEO of Red Cat, which owns Fat Shark. “The combination of our recently launched Shark Byte digital system and Skypersonic’s patent pending software platform provides video resolution that will enable pilots to navigate more safely and execute commercial flights that were not possible with an analog system.”
Skypersonic is upgrading its entire fleet to the new Shark Byte digital system. “Global customers rely on our drones to safely reach places that are difficult expensive and dangerous to inspect by manned teams,” said Giuseppe Santangelo, founder and CEO of Skypersonic, in a press release. “Shark Byte’s low-latency high-definition video, a significant advance from prior analog systems, will enable our customers to take their inspections and security applications to a higher level of performance and safety.”