Claiming a ground-breaking new offering, Inmarsat says Velaris will safely integrate drones into managed airspace, and serve as a catalyst for the safe and rapid growth of the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) industry.
Powered by the Inmarsat ELERA global satellite network, Velaris will provide secure communications for commercial UAVs – commonly known as drones – to fly beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) and seamlessly integrate with aircraft in commercial airspace.
Backed by military grade cybersecurity, Imarsat says it allows operators to send their UAVs on long distance flights and access various applications, such as real-time monitoring, to ensure safe integration with other air traffic - allowing a single pilot to remotely operate multiple UAVs at scale, making operations more commercially viable.
Inmarsat cites a Fortune Business Insights Commercial Drone Market 2021-2028 report that over the next seven years, the commercial UAV market is projected to increase from US$2.32 billion in 2021 to US$11.29 billion in 2028, marking a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 25.39% during this period.
“This will have a far-reaching impact on various aspects of business and society, ranging from cargo delivery, urban transport and surveillance to emergency services and disaster relief, including the supply of critical items such as medicine, test kits and food for remote communities.,” says Inmarsat.
“To support this fast-paced growth, Velaris will unlock unprecedented new digital automation capabilities within the UAV industry, leading to significant advances in safety, productivity, customer service, location access and accuracy, while also reducing the overall cost of operations. Importantly, it will also support the transport of people and goods in an environmentally friendly manner.”
Anthony Spouncer, Inmarsat’s Senior Director of UAVs and Unmanned Traffic Management, said: “Commercial UAVs have the potential to revolutionise a vast array of different industries throughout the world.
“However, to truly unlock their potential on a commercial scale, it is imperative that autonomous vehicles and unmanned aviation are safely and securely integrated into managed commercial airspace. That’s exactly what Velaris, as Inmarsat’s first global UAV connectivity solution, will deliver.
“Inmarsat’s unparalleled experience in air traffic management and aviation safety, combined with our established track record in civil and military UAV communications, ensures that we can support global regulators, air navigation service providers and UAV operators with seamless airspace integration.
“In addition, thanks to our ambitious and fully-funded technology roadmap, including our brand new ORCHESTRA communications network of the future, Velaris will continue to develop and evolve alongside the UAV industry, remaining its gold standard connectivity solution for decades to come.
“We work with our global partner ecosystem to develop UAV terminals that deliver smaller, more cost effective multi datalink solutions.
“These are optimised for a wide range of use cases so that our customers can always have the highest possible standard of connectivity. I’m pleased to launch Velaris today. Coming soon after the launch of Inmarsat ORCHESTRA and ELERA, this truly emphasises Inmarsat’s long-term commitment to the commercial UAV market,” Spouncer concluded.