In the first such approval, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) allows American Robotics to operate automated drones without human operators on site. The company’s scout system has advanced acoustic detect-and-avoid technology that allows the drones to maintain a safe distance from other aircraft at all times. By developing a layered, redundant security system that includes proprietary technical and operational risk mitigation, American Robotics has proven that its drone-based Aerial Intelligence platform works safely in the National Airspace System, even when flights are conducted out of line of sight (BVLOS) of the operator.
This approval marks a crucial turning point in the commercial drone industry. Previous exemptions and certifications issued by the FAA required visual observers (VOs) stationed along the flight path to keep an eye on the airspace at all times, or other burdensome ones Limitations like masking the infrastructure. As a result, the value and scalability of commercial use of drones in the United States has been drastically curbed or, in many cases, eliminated.
With this approval, American Robotics’ Scout System is now the first drone technology that can operate continuously without these costly human demands. Each Scout drone is located in a weatherproof base station that enables autonomous charging, data processing and analysis at the edge, as well as data transmission. During the on-site installation, all facets of the Scout operation are automated so that this technology can collect and analyze high-resolution data several times a day over many years.
In a rigorous four-year testing program, American Robotics demonstrated the impact its Scout systems can have on industrial and agricultural industries by working with multiple organizations in eight US states. In 2020, Scout Systems flew up to 10 automated missions per year per day, collecting a lot of advanced data.

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