The two-year development agreement will investigate potential benefits of using long-range UAS – operating beyond visual line-of-sight – for oil spill identification, quantification, and monitoring.
As Flylogix points out, service providers and clients are seeking increasingly looking to reduce movement of personnel and offshore-related risk exposure, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The partnership will consult with the energy sector and maritime search and rescue on devising ways of supporting interoperability between manned and unmanned facilities.
Long-range UAS are said to be uniquely suited to lengthy monitoring missions and early confirmation of spills.
Flylogix’s mission management tool Skyspace allows sharing of operational data in real-time, said to be key to effective emergency response.
Its airborne response capability includes spill monitoring and the application of dispersants. Its fleet comprises a PA31 and Boeing 727’s based in Doncaster, northern England; two Cessna Skymaster 337 aircraft based in West Africa; and a C130 in the Asia/Pacific region.
Over the past year, OSRL has expanded its capabilities by adding unmanned aerial vehicles operating within visual line of sight.