Autonomous drone developer Percepto announced three regulatory milestones this week: the completion of certifications and a flight test phase, bringing the Israeli company one step closer to FAA certification, the nationwide EVLOS in Australia and the BLOS in Norway.
“Completion of the D&R test phase is an important achievement in the type certification process for Percepto and for the type certification (TC) of the UAS in general,” says a company statement. “Percepto is aiming for its second TC certification, which will include full BVLOS (Beyond Visual Line of Sight) flights [autonomous drone] Remote control for its customers. Receiving the first type certification for Percepto’s Drone-in-a-Box solution will prove Percepto Sparrow to be reliably airworthy from the FAA. “
The process includes 150 hours of test flights under all weather conditions in the US and Israel. With the recently announced ASTM-compliant integrated parachute, the regular test time of 375 hours has been significantly reduced.
“Percepto is honored to participate in the highly valued TC gold standard alongside companies such as Amazon Prime Air and Zipline. Our Fortune 500 customers, including FPL, Delek-US and Verizon, can use our technology with minimal regulatory processes to take advantage of the improved security and efficiency of the Percepto Sparrow, ”said Neta Gliksman, VP Policy and Government Affairs.
The EVLOS waiver granted by CASA in Australia allows Percepto’s autonomous Sparrow drone to fly almost a mile total distance from one observer with multiple visual observers. Full BVLOS approvals in the country are expected early next year. The waiver is in line with some of Percepto’s largest customers in Australia trying to remotely manage inspection missions without the need for a pilot on site.
“Percepto is proud to pave the way for regulators to approve remote-controlled drones and other robotics, and to recognize the value of automated inspection and surveillance for the future of the market. Our regulatory and development teams are committed to driving our global program forward, and the US and Australia have some of our key customers, ”said Dor Abuharisa, CEO and co-founder of Percepto.
Percepto’s AIM (Autonomous Inspection & Monitoring) platform is a drone-in-a-box solution and provides visual data management and analysis to report trends and anomalies and alert operators to risks.
The platform includes the autonomous, weatherproof Sparrow drone, which is equipped with UHD (4k) RGB and thermal imaging cameras, as well as Percepto Base (a base station for charging and protecting the aircraft) and PerceptoCore, a suite of comprehensive data management and analysis software.
Autonomous Drone Percepto on the news
November: Percepto will raise $ 45 million in Series B funding. Koch Disruptive Technologies led the way to bring to market “a transformative solution for remote, fully autonomous drones, asset monitoring, inspection and compliance with industrial sites”.
Can: The market research company Frost and Sullivan honored Percepto with the Global Enabling Technology Leadership Award 2020 for its “first-class, end-to-end autonomous drone-in-a-box solution”.
2019: Percepto is testing autonomous drones via SK Telecom’s 5G test network in South Korea.
2018: The company is working with port security company CERTUS Port Automation to provide a fleet of autonomous drones to protect seaports and terminals.
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