The Indian government recently launched an online airspace map for drones that are based on the DigitalSky Website so that citizens know where to fly Drones and what papers are required to fly drones in certain areas. As part of the “liberalized” Drone rules, 2021 “, the DigitalSky platform, developed and hosted by Happiest Minds Technologies, is primarily used to provide information and register new drone manufacturers and operators in India. However, the company said it was technically able to help law enforcement agencies detect fraudulent drones or drones flying without registration in real time.
Aurobindo Nanda, President – Operations & Deputy Chief Executive Officer, PES at The happiest minds in conversation with The Times of India – GadgetsNow said, “Right now we are providing the technology needed to register drones and operators along with the other aspect of the DigitalSky platform. We work according to government guidelines and deliver what the government wants us to deliver. In terms of technology, we are in a position to provide the state with better and more digital support in the future, if necessary. ”
Since one of the main tasks of the DigitalSky platform is the registration of drones and operators, the next obvious question arises, what happens to users who disobey the rules and fly drones (beyond the permitted limits) without the correct papers?
To these concerns, Nanda replied: “The new drone rules are relaxed and most civilian drone pilots do not need any paperwork. But we cannot rule out any possibilities. ”
For those who don’t know, micro-drones (for non-commercial use) and nano-drones do not require a remote pilot license. In addition, under the new rules, no security clearance is required before a registration or license is issued.
When asked if Happiest Minds will be able to detect rogue drones, Nanda said, “We have the technical means to detect unidentified drones that are flying in the air, breaking rules, and real-time information about their location deliver to the law. “Law enforcement agencies. If there is a demand (from the government), we are technologically able to provide such support. ”
How to read drone airspace map
It goes without saying that the areas marked in red cannot be entered by civilians unless there is a permit from the government and other relevant departments such as the Ministry of the Interior, the Indian Air Force and the DGCA.
No permit is required to operate drones in green zones. Green zone means that the airspace has not been marked as a red zone or yellow zone up to a vertical distance of 400 feet or 120 meters on the airspace map. The green zone also includes airspaces up to a vertical distance of 200 feet or 60 meters above the area that is between a lateral distance of 8 and 12 kilometers from the perimeter of an operating airport.
On the other hand, the yellow zone is referred to as airspace over 400 feet or 120 meters within a green zone and over 200 feet or 60 meters at a lateral distance of 8 and 12 kilometers from the perimeter of an operating airport. This also includes the above-ground airspace between 5 and 8 kilometers from the boundary walls of an airport. According to the new regulations, the yellow zone has been removed from 45 km to 12 km from the airport premises.