UAV satcom solutions to unlock the potential of commercial UAVs

Inmarsat stands at the forefront of an exciting new age for the commercial uncrewed aerial vehicle (UAV) market. The launch of our global, reliable and scalable UAV satcom service, Inmarsat Velaris, ensures we are playing a critical role in unlocking the unlimited possibilities of this sector.

Our UAV services expand the potential for new use cases, improve the efficiency of existing UAV solutions and applications, drive economies of scale and enable new standards of safety, productivity and innovation for businesses and society.

These benefits can only be realised through UAV satcom technology that ensures commercial UAVs can fly safely in complex and mixed airspace. This is where Inmarsat and our 30 years’ experience ensuring aviation safety via our extensive satellite network comes in.

Powered by the Inmarsat ELERA global satellite network, Inmarsat Velaris provides the reliable and consistent UAV satcom connectivity that will allow UAVs to fly securely Beyond Line of Sight (BVLOS) and integrate with other air traffic.

Read on to discover how we are bringing all of this to fruition via our unique UAV solution capabilities, industry-leading knowledge and expert Partner network.

Unlimited possibilities with cutting edge UAV services

The opportunities that UAVs deliver will open up and support the transformation of our world.

In the coming years, uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAVs) will empower an inspiring array of industries. Emergency services, disaster relief, urban air transport, commercial and industrial cargo deliveries, environmental inspection and monitoring… the breadth of sectors that will be impacted positively by UAVs is breath-taking. And these activities will be able to take place out of line of sight of the operator, thanks to Inmarsat’s global data link network built for mobility.

The adoption of UAVs will enhance safety – completing tasks that are often hazardous for humans – and, alongside reducing risk, this will also improve cost efficiencies, raise productivity and boost sustainability.

Take medical and emergency services: the delivery of PPE and critical supplies to remote areas during the global pandemic has already demonstrated value. UAVs already assist fire services with real time assessment of damage to buildings from a safe distance beyond visual line of sight, and they will continue to accelerate blue-light service responses and aid surveillance.

UAVs generate climate data, monitor borders and have enabled great strides in agriculture – from detecting plant stress early to more effective crop irrigation. UAVs support safe passage for maritime vessels, and can help automate maintenance across a number of industries. In addition, UAVs themselves are electric powered – meaning retailers can offer more environmentally friendly delivery services and, in time, urban air taxis can transport people in ever greener ways. All of these opportunities will allow UAVs to play an important role in a more sustainable future for all.

And this is just the beginning. The possibilities are truly limitless with secure and reliable high speed satellite data links.

Empowering a bold UAV satcom partner ecosystem

Thanks to our background in mobile connectivity and alongside our experience in delivering aviation safety services, Inmarsat is bringing together a bold and innovative uncrewed aerial vehicle (UAV) partner ecosystem.

This growing ecosystem is comprised of leaders and pioneers, each with their own diverse strengths and the capabilities needed to optimise UAV solutions.

To read about our collaborative innovations and progress, please browse our partner pages below. For example: we are currently developing revolutionary new, smaller, lighter and low power satcom terminal solutions with our expert partners, including industry leaders TTP, Honeywell and Cobham.

We are also uniquely positioned to be the foremost UAV data link provider, with multiple data link capabilities to best fit customer mission requirements. Our collaborative mind-set and open platform ensure the success of partners who work with us.

We welcome contact from potential partners, developers, academia and any other research organisation that is interested in integrating our Inmarsat UAV satcom solutions into its programmes.

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