Volatus Aerospace and commercial drone safety innovator, Iris Automation, have entered a partnership to offer Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drone solutions to global clients seeking to safely unlock the skies above cities and solve logistics challenges in remote and rural areas.
Volatus is a leading player in BVLOS flight training and waivered operations. Clients are provided with enhanced training that includes BVLOS regulations, detection and tracking methods, sensors, communication, and geographical and topographical impacts to the mission. Risk analysis and mitigation strategies are key to the Volatus SORA preparation training offered. Following the theory portion of training, Volatus provides “in-field” activity where clients work with experienced BVLOS pilots and perform practical exercises, including flight principles, functionality, and controllability in a BVLOS environment. Volatus has aircraft equipped with Iris Automation’s detect-and-avoid (DAA) system, Casia, available in these training environments.
The Iris Automation Casia system uses a proprietary perception engine to visually detect other aircraft and make intelligent decisions about the threat they may pose to the drone. It then works seamlessly to trigger automated manoeuvres to avoid collisions and alert the pilot in command of the mission.
Casia is the only solution for commercial drones and unpiloted aircraft delivering a full 360° radial detection capability using computer vision technology.
Glen Lynch, CEO of Volatus, said, “Iris is a clear leader in this nascent industry preparing to take the proper steps into Beyond Visual Line of Sight operations. This partnership enhances Volatus’ ability to expand across global markets and support a broader range of customer missions by enabling clients to obtain complex operational approvals and certifications.
“The team at Volatus is committed to bridging the gap to true BVLOS operations and is uniquely addressing the regulatory, training and technology requirements necessary to ensure safety and reliability. We’re excited to partner with Volatus to accelerate the safe integration of crewed and uncrewed aircraft into airspaces around the globe,” said Lori DeMatteis, VP of sales and marketing at Iris Automation.