File photo: A drone
The National University of Ireland, Maynooth is looking for a qualified, licensed, experienced drone company.
Applicants have until February 12 to express their interest. The Kildare university wants the company to provide flight-testing operations support for the U-Flyte research and development work programme, centering on advanced drone operations and applications.
In the tender request, it said the work programme will involve "demonstrating non-standard and advanced drone flight, including flying BVLOS (Beyond Visual Line of Sight), carrying of sensors such as LiDAR, carrying other large payloads, testing novel communications and field testing innovative drone applications."
The U-Flyte project is a scientific research project, partly funded by the Science Foundation Ireland and partly by industrial partners.
The aim is to carry out research on innovative solutions for drone operations and applications, including modelling and management of airspace (U-space/UTM) and flight control, and investigating and demonstrating use of drones in the areas of, for example, marine search and rescue, infrastructure and agricultural monitoring and delivery applications on the island of Ireland.