Iris Automation Detect-and-Avoid System Earns Second BVLOS Waiver and Trust of FAA

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Two participants in the FAA UAS Integration Pilot Program (UAS IPP) have received approval to conduct beyond visual line of sight drone operations using detect-and-avoid technology in place of a visual observer (VO). Both approvals were granted from the FAA based on Iris Automation’s proven collision avoidance system.

The approvals were given to the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the Kansas Department of Transportation—both are UAS IPP participants.

Historically, all FAA-issued Part 107 BVLOS waivers have required some ground-based visual observer to mitigate the risk of non-cooperative aircraft entering the mission area—an expensive and unscalable restriction on the use of drones for commercial purposes.

Learn more about these two flights that marked industry firsts in today's article: Iris Automation Detect-and-Avoid System Earns Second BVLOS Waiver and Trust of FAA

The latest Iris Automation approval is just one of many successes to emerge from the UAS IPP. Share your thoughts on the progress made by UAF, KDOT, and other UAS IPP participants in the comments below. 

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