Why Beyond VLOS (BVLOS) will not be coming soon

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Good article in AW&ST.
Industry, Regulators Edge Closer To Beyond Line Of Sight UAS
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Two key things:

1) "“The rule that rules all is that pilots have to maintain vigilance to see and avoid other aircraft. By definition, no UAS flying BVLOS can meet that rule.”"

2) For the US: "...the Trump administration’s moratorium on new regulations has placed all rulemaking in limbo."

Beyond that there is data link redundancy and security. The FAA favouring part of that being via satellite. (DJI needs to launch sats, that's all there is to it!).

And the lynchpin will be DAA. (Detect and Avoid) other aircraft. Unless the drone has sensors that can passively or actively detect other aircraft (including other drones), BVLOS is not going to get approval - ever. So for "Phantom" class machines it's not likely in the near future.
 

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