California-based drone technology provider Iris Automation is helping commercial drones stay safer above the Canadian skies after the country’s FAA equivalent, Transport Canada, selected the company’s Casia collision avoidance system as part of a new tech demo program.
The Detect and Avoid studies conducted by the National Research Council Canada (NRC) on behalf of the agency evaluate the use of different types of DAA technologies to inform future regulations and standards for remote controlled aircraft systems (RPAS).
What is Casia?
Iris’s Casia systems use machine learning to detect unexpected encounters with aircraft and take corrective action to avoid a possible mid-air collision. During the Canadian trials, the system will be integrated into a helicopter serving as a backup RPAS and then tested against various trajectories of “intruders” flown by other NRC aircraft.
“These real-world encounter scenarios simulate the types of encounters commercial drones are exposed to while operating out of line of sight (BVLOS), such as automation speakers added.
“We are proud to have been selected for this important demonstration program,” said Jon Damush, CEO of Iris Automation.
“Transport Canada continues to lead the way in establishing the best practices required for safe, unattended flights with commercial drones. Given the great potential for commercial drone operations in Canadian airspace, Transport Canada understands both the opportunity and the need for the regulations required to successfully incorporate RPAS into the airspace environment. “
Establish new partnerships
Building UAS partnerships with federal agencies is nothing new to Iris Automation – the company participates in the FAA’s ASSURE and BEYOND programs to advance complex BVLOS UAS operations in the US National Airspace System.
In February, Iris launched the Canada Pathfinder Program, an all-in-one solution, to streamline the complex steps required to obtain the flight permits and experiences for Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS).
The company has partnered with two of Canada’s leading Remote Control Aircraft System (RPAS) test facilities to support, train and demonstrate BVLOS flight proficiency – Foremost UAS Test Range in Alberta and UAS Center of Excellence (CED) in Alma, Quebec.
In September, Iris expanded its BVLOS range, thereby establishing a corporate partnership with the drone technology company Volatus Aerospace.
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