Drones will Now Have Complete Sense of Their Surroundings

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A new onboard detect-and-avoid system for drones with 360-degree capability has been launched. The technology enables drones to fly Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) helping expand operations across longer distances, increase operational efficiency, and increases safety across multiple fields: railway, energy sector, utility powerline inspections, package delivery, and search and rescue operations.

Iris Automation’s  Casia 360 is a 360-degree radial field of view solution designed to enable commercial BVLOS operations for Unmanned Aircraft Vehicles.

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The system allows a UAV to see and react to the aviation environment around the aircraft. It detects other aircraft in all directions, uses computer-vision algorithms to classify them, makes intelligent decisions about the threat they may pose to the drone, then triggers an alert to the pilot in command and automated maneuvers to safely avoid collisions, according to the company’s website.

The technology is a combination of both hardware and software that is lightweight, low power and small in size. The low SWaP system is composed of two onboard controllers and five long-range optical cameras providing a 360-degree field of view. The software is packaged in a self-contained embedded supercomputer that works with the machine vision cameras onboard.

The technology has been extensively tested, with real-world test flights and mid-air collision scenarios flying various manned aircraft against UAS, over 12,000 real-world encounters and more than 50,000 encounters in simulation. 

It is currently being flown by customers across 12 countries and holds BVLOS approvals from regulators in the U.S., South Africa, and Canada.

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