US Congress recognises onboard DAA tech as vital tool for commercial UAS integration

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Iris Automation, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), and the Helicopter Association International (HAI) applaud the U.S. Congress for its continued support for the safe integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into the National Airspace.

With the passage of the end of year government FY’21 funding legislation, H.R. 133, Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, the House and Senate bi-partisan Appropriations Committees included language intended to underscore the importance of onboard Detect and Avoid technology (DAA) as a critical safety tool for full UAS integration.

By doing so, under its legislative oversight authority, Congress has sent a clear signal that progress towards full Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drone integration remains a top priority for U.S. policymakers.

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The key to drone integration is air safety for all aircraft, piloted and unpiloted. Safe integration and uniform regulatory standards will eventually allow commercial drones to conduct missions ranging from package delivery and infrastructure inspection to agriculture, mapping and mining, and critical life-saving public safety operations. The use cases for beneficial commercial and public sector drone use is almost limitless.

Iris Automation is a computer vision technology company pioneering the development of advanced detection systems used to help provide Detect-and-Avoid (DAA) capabilities that enable safe commercial drone operations including scalable Beyond Visual Line of Sight missions.

Jon Damush, CEO of Iris Automation, said: “We are delighted to see Congress recognize the stage we are at with DAA technology and its impact on the future commercialization of drone operations. The FAA has already made great strides in defining the necessary regulations through strong industry partnerships and we look forward to continuing to be a part of that collaboration.”

Iris Automation already participates in the Federal Aviation Administration’s BEYOND program to advance more complex UAS operations BVLOS in the National Airspace System.

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