Israeli drone firm Percepto has announced three regulatory milestones from authorities in the US, Norway and Australia.
Percepto completed the Type Certification and D&R test flight phase for the US’ FAA, and gained countrywide EVLOS in Australia and BLOS in Norway.
Completing the TC D&R testing phase is a major achievement in the Type Certification process for Percepto and for the Type Certification of UAS in general.
Percepto is pursuing its second TC approval which will include full Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) flights, allowing remote operations for its customers.
One of the first sUAS to join the exclusive FAA process, its rigorous D&R stage declared Percepto’s Sparrow drone-in-a-box system worthy of a Type Certificate, incorporating 150 hours of test flights under all weather conditions in the USA and Israel.
The recently announced ASTM compliant integral parachute enabled the regular testing time of 375 hours to be reduced significantly.
“Percepto is honoured to be taking part in the highly esteemed TC ‘gold standard’ alongside companies such as Amazon Prime Air, and Zipline,” said Neta Gliksman, VP Policy and Government Affairs.
“Our Fortune 500 customers, including FPL, Delek- US and Verizon will be able to deploy our technology with minimal regulatory processes to benefit from the improved safety and efficiency the Percepto Sparrow provides.”
The EVLOS waiver in Australia, granted by CASA, allows Percepto’s Sparrow drone to fly at a total distance of 1500m from an observer with multiple visual observers. Full BVLOS approvals in the country are expected in Q1 2021. The waiver is in line with some of Percepto’s largest customers in Australia, seeking to remotely manage inspection missions, without needing a pilot on site.
“Percepto is proud to be paving the way with regulators to approve remote operated drones and other robotics, realising the value of automated inspection and monitoring for the future of the market,” said Dor Abuharisa, Percepto CEO and Co-Founder.
“Our regulation and engineering teams are dedicated to advancing our global programme and US & Australia hosts some of our most important clients.”