ISRAEL - First Ever Drone Test Without GPS

Arno Froese

The first worldwide test of drone flights in GPS-denied environments was successfully carried out in Israel.

The delivery was part of the Israeli drone delivery pilot program, NAAMA, which is operated by the Transportation Ministry, Civil Aviation Authority, Israel Innovation Authority, and Ayalon Highways, and was carried out in a special test zone in Yeruham.

The current test sought to examine the usability of Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) navigation solutions, due to the increasing possible threat of GPS signal disruption. Multiple factors can disrupt GPS signals, ranging from malfunctions, solar flares or malicious intent by individuals.

Called NavSight, the system is camera-based and allows for artificial intelligence to assess the visual situation for autonomous day and night missions. Essentially, it lets the drone understand the surrounding environment like a human pilot.

The successful test is a major step on the road to establishing commercial drone delivery operations in Israel.

-www.jpost.com, 14 February 2021

Arno's Commentary

To see Israel succeeding in high tech “first ever worldwide” is no longer a surprise. One of the hidden but contributing factors is their enemies: those who publicly declare their intention to destroy the Jewish state. The enemies are forcing Israel to be on alert 24/7. The Israelis are well-informed about the technological developments in hostile countries; thus, it is urgently necessary for them to be one step ahead. 

Readiness is the admonition the Bible gives the believer; not just going to church on Sundays, Wednesdays, etc. Jesus said: “Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not” (Luke 12:40).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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