April 6, 2022
Iris Automation has announced it was granted a second waiver for Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) autonomous operations on behalf of the City of Reno, Nev., utilizing its Casia G ground-based system.
The approval follows the award of a waiver for the company on behalf of the city’s fire department, which uses the Casia X for autonomous flights. The City of Reno is a participant in the FAA’s BEYOND program, which is evaluating BVLOS operations.
The waiver allows the operator to fly without the need for visual observers or the remote pilot in command to maintain visual contact with the drone. The Casia G ground-based system uses Iris Automation’s detect-and-avoid technology to create a stationary perimeter of sanitized, monitored airspace, enabling unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to perform work safely. The system provides awareness of intruder-piloted aircraft to maneuver UAVs to safe zones.
Iris said Casia G does not require integration onto the aircraft, which preserves the payload for sensors or packages, while also providing for a greater choice of aircraft. The ground-based placement also gives organizations greater flexibility in the ability to establish permanent, sanitized air space, as well as changing locations quickly by relocating the Casia G. Through this “bubble” of air space, in the future it could support an operator to fly multiple drones.
“Casia technology provides a critical safety layer, helping to enable the integration of uncrewed aircraft into our national airspace,” said Gabrielle Wain, vice president of global policy and government affairs for Iris Automation. “This latest approval to fly BVLOS using Casia G gives operators looking to perform remote and one-to-many operations a solution to mitigate risk of mid-air collisions, without having to use human visual observers. This is a critical step for the economical scaling of small UAS BVLOS missions.”
For more details on the Casia G system, visit the Iris Automation website here.