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LOOKNorth/Unmanned Systems Canada UAS BVLOS Testbed Moving Forward

contract awarded for risk assessment model

St. John’s, Newfoundland (21 September 2018) – LOOKNorth and Unmanned Systems Canada are collaborating to develop and support a national cluster advancing the Unmanned Aerial System (UAS, or “drone”) industry in Canada, with a special focus on accelerating the commercialization of UAS-based applications requiring Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations. A key component of this collaboration is the implementation of the LOOKNorth/Unmanned Systems Canada BVLOS Testbed Project   that will validate the safety case for integrating BVLOS (Beyond Visual Line of Sight) UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems) into national airspace, placing Canada at the forefront of the emerging global BVLOS UAS industry.

LOOKNorth and Unmanned Systems are pleased to announce that Periculum Labs In. of Ottawa, ON has been awarded the contract to develop and implement a risk assessment model for validating the safety of UAS trials from four organizations approved by Transport Canada for BVLOS demonstration flights.

This BVLOS Testbed Project is intended to promote collaboration among and reduce both costs and risks for Canadian companies engaged in UAS developments. Relevant performance data from UAS flight trials conducted in the testbed will be collected and evaluated using Periculum’s commercially available risk assessment tool, which has been accepted by Canada’s two certified UAS flight test ranges.  The testbed protocols will also support off-range testing.

The model being implemented by Periculum is a proven scenario-based safety and risk assessment system. It includes a web-based interface and tools, and has been used by NASA, US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and numerous independent drone operators.

Over time, the aggregation of data and the resulting analyses will support evidence-based recommendations to Transport Canada for BVLOS regulations by validating the safety case for integration of BVLOS capabilities into the national airspace.  The LOOKNorth/Unmanned Systems Canada BVLOS Testbed Project is expected to accelerate the development of new applications, attracting investment and improving the competitive position of Canadian companies in the global marketplace.

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Media Contacts:

Deirdre Greene Lono, Communications & Outreach, LOOKNorth

Email: deirdre.greene-lono@c-core.ca / Tel: 709.864.3083 / Cell: 709.689.1012

Mark Aruja, Board Chairman, Unmanned Systems Canada

Email: mark.aruja@unmannedsystems.ca / Tel: 613-526-5487 / Cell: 613-882-3077

Backgrounders

About LOOKNorth

LOOKNorth is a C-CORE national Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research, established under the federal Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program and supported by an extensive network of industry and academic partners. It advances the commercialization of Canadian remote sensing innovations (technologies and applications) onto the world stage, advances Northern capacity to implement remote sensing technologies for Northerner’s needs and ensures sustainability by generating revenues with partners.

LOOKNorth’s UAS work is also supported in part by a National Research Council Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) Contribution to Organization grant.

For more information about LOOKNorth, visit www.looknorth.org

About Unmanned Systems Canada

Unmanned Systems Canada was founded in 2003 as the national non-profit industry association representing the aerial, ground, and marine unmanned vehicle sectors. USC hosts the national annual industry association conference and trade show ‘Unmanned Canada’, two national annual post-secondary student competitions (for both UAV/aerial and UGV/ground students) and Canada’s National UAS Industry Directory.

USC represents Canada at international policy tables and co-chairs the Industry/Government Working Group with Transport Canada to develop the regulatory framework for UAS. USC Committees are developing UAS training standards, best practices, industry marketing campaigns and initiatives to increase inclusion and investment in the unmanned vehicle sector.

For more information about USC, visit https://www.unmannedsystems.ca/

About Periculum Labs Inc.

Periculum Labs Inc. is an AI Decision Intelligence company focused on automating real time operational expert decision making for unmanned and autonomous vehicle applications and ecosystems. It develops and manages a catalogue of best-in-class risk models, applications, algorithms, tools, utilities and neural net training sets to support regulatory, risk management, real time vehicle operations and product development decisions. Periculum Labs is a federal corporation with its headquarters in Ottawa.

For more information about Periculum Labs, visit http://periculumlabs.com