DJI, one of the world’s leaders in the civilian drones and aerial imaging technology markets, has responded to a report that suggests it is paving the way for drone piloting with awareness for airplanes.
DJI has commented that a new report from the Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE), which explores UAV collision risks, highlights the importance of DJI’s education and technology efforts to help keep drones clear of airplanes.
The ASSURE report studied a DJI Phantom 3 quadcopter drone, as well as a larger fixed-wing drone made by another company, then used computer models to predict how they would collide with different surfaces of a passenger jet and a business jet.
ASSURE, which has previously reported on ground collisions, found a range of possible impacts on those surfaces, from minimal to serious.
ASSURE concluded that a quadcopter drone would not penetrate the windshield of either form of airplanes or cause an uncontained failure if ingested into an airliner’s engine.
The firm also predicts that at the low altitudes, where most drones operate, airplanes fly at slower speeds, which it believes correlate with the lowest levels of damage in a collision.
Following the report’s release, a spokesperson for DJI commented that the findings confirmed the company’s belief that the smallest drones should be treated differently by regulators because they pose a much lower risk of serious damage in a collision with other aircraft.
“ASSURE has done a great public service by rigorously analysing the risks of collisions and providing a scientific basis for future research, product development and regulation,” said Brendan Schulman, DJI vice president of policy and legal affairs.
“Drones provide great benefits to society – even saving lives – and ASSURE’s report shows why the growth of this technology should be guided by facts, not fears.”