RPAS / Drones / UAV

Whatever your aircraft requirement, manned or remotely operated, NSM has the Mission System that will serve your needs.

Development of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems and the regulatory framework for their operation are advancing and becoming available to the market. Norwegian Special Mission has taken an active role in the feasibility studies and experimental design of Special Mission Systems adopted to RPAS platforms. NSM products have always been designed to be independent of the platform and we are pursuing the best solutions for mission efficiency.

Primoco UAV 150 drone for Navaids Flight Inspection with NSM UNIFIS 1000 RPAS



Czech company Primoco UAV SE and Norwegian Special Mission AS teamed up together back in 2020 with aim to verify the potential of drone-based flight inspection. The result of mutual cooperation, a world-unique UAV equipped for flight inspection missions, was flight-tested in Iceland in August 2021. The trials represent the most comprehensive comparison of manned and unmanned calibration to date.

The flight inspection industry is long-term facing repeated requests for further miniaturization of the flight inspection equipment and obviously also for finding more efficient platforms allowing to drive down the cost and increase the availability of the service.

The unmanned technology, especially when connected with the easy ferry to the calibration destination as regular cargo, is considered as one of the most promising future platforms.

Until now the flight inspection community were hesitating to accept large UAVs mostly due to a lack of a clear legal definition of their operation. But this has changed, when Primoco customized its One 150 UAV with 150 kg maximum take-off weight, a plane fully compliant with the latest EASA drone regulations. The plane was added with onboard flight inspection equipment, the UNIFIS 1000 RPAS (a modified version of the industry-standard UNIFIS 3000), a set of antennas and other special components.

Functionality with UNIFIS 1000 configurations:

  • Instrument Landing System (ILS)
  • Markers and FAN Markers
  • VHF Omni directional Radio Range (VOR)
  • Distance Measuring Equipment (DME)
  • Non-Directional Beacon (NDB)
  • Visual Approach Slope Indicator (VASI)
  • Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI)


Teaming with Andøya Space Center

Norwegian Special Mission have established strategic teaming with Andøya Space Center (ASC) a leading service provider of sounding rocket, balloon, unmanned aircraft and scientific ground-based instrument communities. Read the full press release here

ASC has extensive experience with advanced operation of large unmanned aircraft with significant capacity and complex sensor systems. ASC has unparalleled experience for operation of such unmanned systems in the most demanding arctic environments at extensive range from base. ASC has a unique test range of approx. 25,000 square kilometers available for testing of rockets and any type of RPAS.


Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning

Norwegian Special Mission is a key player in industrial applied scientific research programs developing artificial intelligence algorithms and deep learning applied for RPAS mission systems. We cooperate with research institutes such as Norwegian Computing Center department for Remote Sensing and Image Analysis, and Andøya Space Center RPAS department. This long-term targeted research is aimed at developing self-learning systems to optimize RPAS on autonomous mission.