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Greentown Labs and Vineyard Wind include drone firm in Offshore Wind Challenge participants

Greentown Labs and Vineyard Wind have selected three startups for the Offshore Wind Challenge. The startups will focus on innovations in marine mammal monitoring through data collection, real-time transmission, and analysis. The advancement of their technologies will support the responsible development of the offshore wind industry off the coast of Massachusetts, and well beyond. The Challenge, run by Vineyard Wind and Greentown Labs with support from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), received more than 60 applications from around the globe. After a highly competitive recruitment and deliberation process, the partners are pleased to announce that the following three companies
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WATCH: Percepto’s commercial drones first to parachute to safety with industry compliance

Percepto has announced that its on-site autonomous drone, the Percepto Sparrow, is the first on the market to offer an ASTM 3322-18 standard compliant integral parachute after completing more than 50 successful test flights. The achievement builds upon the drone’s existing safety features. The parachute feature is compliant with FAA standards and will expedite further the approvals for flying over people and beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS) for Percepto’s Fortune 500 customers.  FPL is the first utility in the US to gain BVLOS approval, and Percepto’s customers were also the first to gain BVLOS approvals for autonomous drones
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ParaZero secures ‘commercially significant milestone’ of 100 FAA waivers

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ParaZero has secured the commercially significant milestone of 100 FAA waivers granting flights over people in the U.S. for companies using drones equipped with PRZ’s SafeAir system. The ability to secure authorisations for flight over populated areas and beyond-visual-line-of- sight (BVLOS) from aviation regulators is a crucial commercial consideration for companies tapping into the commercial and civil drone market, valued by Goldman Sachs at $100bn. 100 organisations in the U.S. have now secured FAA operational waivers granting drone flight over populated areas using drones fitted with PRZ’s SafeAir system parachute technology. These waivers enable organisations to conduct critical drone flight
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Rantizo seals FAA authorisation to “swarm multiple drones” nationwide

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Rantizo has announced it is now approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for operation of multiple drone swarms nationwide. The waiver allows for the safe operation of three autonomous drone sprayers by a single pilot and one visual observer. The firm’s CEO, Michael Ott, said: “Our vision is to Fly & Apply on large areas with autonomous drone sprayers, so swarming is a critical component. Labor shortages in agriculture are a known and widely discussed topic. “With our ability to now fly three drones at once, we are moving closer and closer to full autonomy of operation. That autonomy
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US Army selects RADA’s Radars at the heart of its ‘Interim C-sUAS Capability’

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RADA Electronic Industries has confirmed incorporation of its tactical radars in Counter-Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (C-sUAS) capabilities which were assessed and recently selected as interim solutions by the US Army. The assessment was performed by the Joint C-sUAS Office, which was established by the Secretary of the Army per the assignment of the Defense Secretary. RADA's radars are the incumbent radar system in the L-MADIS platform which was selected as the mounted/mobile system, and are incorporated in part of the recommended fixed solutions, along with other fixed solutions deployed across the US. While not relevant to handheld systems, RADA's radars
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