MVT Geo-solutions has collaborated with Iris Automation in a successful attempt to obtain the first Beyond-Visual-Line-of-Sight (BVLOS) Particular Flight Operations Certificate by Transport Canada utilizing only onboard Detect-and-Avoid.
The approval was granted based on the deployment of Iris Automation‘s DAA system, Casia. The answer gives industrial drones with automated collision avoidance maneuvers. The waiver permits flights throughout the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center of Excellence’s managed airspace Remotely Piloted Aircraft System test vary in Alma, Quebec.
“This is the first BVLOS flight at the location leveraging solely onboard DAA for air risk mitigation and doesn’t require ground-based observers or radar,” an Iris press release states. “BVLOS flights unlock autonomous drone use for economically helpful commercial functions including infrastructure inspection, mining, agriculture, emergency response, and package delivery.”
“Reaching the first BVLOS approval in Canada validates our technology alongside several permissions we’ve already obtained from regulators within the U.S. and South Africa,” said Iris Automation chief executive Alexander Harmsen.
The flights are slated to happen inside weeks. The resulting information will inform more advanced BVLOS operations in the future.
In March, drone manufacturer ZM Interactive picked Iris Automation as the company’s detect-and-avoid supplier. The deal will empower ZMI clients to conduct past the visible line of sight (BVLOS) operations.
Harmsen stated last week about the future of BVLOS approval and Onboard Sense and Avoid. He stated Iris is working with the Kansas Division of Transportation with an FAA BVLOS waiver and expects more waivers presently in the works to be approved throughout the next few months.