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Drones are a great tool for performing repetitive tasks thanks to the possibility of programming missions. Among many options, this type of mission can consist of carrying out infrastructure surveillance operations on a regular basis.


Imagine that the flight for the surveillance of an industrial estate has to be carried out once every 2 hours, surely being able to monitor the security of the facilities from the air offers great advantages, don’t you think? This would imply having a pilot going out and controlling the execution of the mission with the flight controller watching that everything goes well and increasing the costs of the operation itself. What if we could have that drone take off from a box and the pilot could be in another location controlling the execution?

What is Drone in a Box

As the name suggests, it consists of a drone in a box. These boxes have a number of special features that allow:


  • Store the drone safely when it is not flying.
  • Charge the drone’s batteries
  • Provide weather information to the pilot during the mission.
  • Provide the means of connectivity to remote pilots to be able to fly the aircraft in a delocalised way.

Thanks to this solution, the pilot will no longer have to worry about charging the aircraft’s battery, nor will he have to worry about the safety of the aircraft due to external manipulations. 


In addition, the fact of providing means for remote connectivity to the aircraft through secure WAN (wide area network) connections, offers the option of being able to manage flights without the need to be next to the aircraft, which is known as: delocalised piloting.

What we need to fly a Drone in a Box

As it is a solution not contemplated in the Open Category or in the Specific Category within the standardised scenarios and the PDRA, the path to follow is through an Operational Authorisation.


The procedures to be followed for the execution of the operation must be clearly explained. The main challenge is to define and demonstrate how the contingency and emergency procedures will be carried out, since not being present with the drone means having full control of the aircraft throughout the flight. 


On the other hand, the technical characterisation of the aircraft must also cover the enclosure and communications systems, defining all the measures implemented to guarantee permanent control of the aircraft.


In addition, it must not be forgotten that flight termination systems and, if necessary, impact energy reduction systems (e.g. parachutes) must be used.

Implementing a Drone in a Box system

From EU Drone Port 🇪🇺, we can help you to implement a Drone in a Box system so that you can benefit from the uses of drones in an automated and delocalised way. We have experience in the implementation of these systems in different European countries.

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