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To date, flight beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) has been tested with visual ground observers or in an “extended line of sight” scenario – one that may require as much staff as flight within visual line of sight.  This week in Alaska, however, the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ UAS Integration Pilot Program (IPP) moved forward with a ground-breaking BVLOS flight – one that demonstrated the true value of long-range drone operations for inspections of critical infrastructure.

The mission was an almost four mile linear inspection of the Trans-Alaska pipeline.  The University of Alaska team and Alyeska Pipeline Service designed…

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