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We’re bringing the future in sight to the entire UAS industry. Here’s what we’ve been up to lately.

Drone Sensors: The Different Types You Should Know About

Fundamentally, a sensor requires information passing from the thing you’re trying to detect to your detector. When you choose a sensor, you’re choosing the physical phenomena you are attempting to capture. In essence, you’re choosing the modality of information transported. There are two main types of sensors, active and passive, and they both have significant […]

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Can You Fly a Drone at Night? Everything You Need to Know

There are many reasons why a person or organization would want to fly a drone at night—either for operations that specifically occur at night, such as delivering emergency medical equipment, to avoid other aircraft since there are fewer flights at night, or to avoid flying over people. In order to fly at night legally in […]

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Innovation at Iris Automation

A quick look at where we’re at in June 2020 by Alexander Harmsen, CEO & Cofounder Iris Automation In light of Iris Automation’s selection as a finalist for the 2020 AUVSI XCELLENCE Awards in two categories, including the top prize—XCELLENCE in Innovation, I want to share an overview of the current state of affairs and […]

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A Detailed Walk-Through of How to Obtain a BVLOS Waiver

by Trever Linn Flying Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) requires special regulatory permissions by Civil Aviation Authorities (CAA) around the world, such as the Part 107 waivers issued under the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), or Special Flight Operations Certificates (SFOC) from Transport Canada. These permissions are considered and issued on a case by case basis. […]

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#HelloCasia

Meet Casia, our Detect and Avoid system for BVLOS operations May 2019 marked one of the hugest accomplishments in Iris Automation’s history to date — launching Casia, the product we’ve been working towards since our inception. Casia is the first commercially available computer vision detect-and-avoid solution to enable Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations for autonomous […]

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Iris Automation announces Casia, the first turnkey collision-avoidance solution for the commercial drone industry

Providing the “eyes and brain” for drones, software enables missions beyond visual line of sight SAN FRANCISCO — Iris Automation, an artificial intelligence and safety avionics company, today announced the launch of Casia – the first commercially available computer vision detect-and-avoid solution to enable Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations for autonomous vehicles. For […]

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Educational Robotics, Iris, and You

A story about learning through teaching by Katie Widen Imagine walking into a basketball stadium or a high school gym — the bleachers are packed with students and adults in groups of the same tee-shirt, and they are cheering, gasping, and intently focused on the spectacle in front of them: robots. Specifically, these are 5+ feet tall, […]

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Mission:Values

By Stephanie Lacy-Price People & Communications Specialist at Iris Automation Finalizing our company values and building them into our culture is the work I’m most proud to have taken on during my time at Iris and has formed the bridge between my personal and professional lives. Values are integral to any organization, but not inevitable —  […]

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Flight Simulator: Episode 1

By Eric SchaferSimulation Architect at Iris Automation Like human pilots, artificial intelligence autopilots practice not crashing in a simulator. Having transitioned from many years of movie visual effects (crashing encouraged) at Industrial Light & Magic to simulation in the Aerospace industry (crashing frowned upon) at NASA Ames and now Iris, my expectations for simulator realism […]

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Diversity and Inclusion at Iris Automation: Q & A with the founders

CEO Alex Harmsen and CTO James Howard open up about D&I What does diversity and inclusion mean to you? Alex: To me, the single largest contribution from diversity is creative thought. Very simply, without diversity in thought, experience, culture, and background, the company would stagnate – we just wouldn’t be able to achieve our vision. James: […]

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