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Transport Canada approves Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) Commercial Drone Operations with Iris Automation’s Casia Safety Technology

Iris Automation partners with CED Alma and MVT Geo-solutions to conduct commercial BVLOS missions in Quebec SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – October 14, 2020 – Transport Canada has issued the second Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC) for Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) flights in uncontrolled airspace utilizing infrastructure masking and Iris Automation’s onboard detect-and-avoid (DAA) […]

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Drones for Mining: Common Use Cases, Benefits, and Trends

Mining is an incredibly dangerous industry, which helps explain its ready adoption of Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) technology in recent years, particularly across the regions of Australasia and Africa, according to GlobalData’s survey of more than 200 mine sites. Equipped with any of the number of photogrammetry softwares for surveying and mapping, drones are able […]

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Iris Automation WINS Technology & Innovation Category, and Places Third in Commercial Enterprise Operation or Solution Category at 2020 AUVSI XCELLENCE Award

Announced at AUVSI XPONENTIAL awards ceremony on October 6 ARLINGTON, Va. — October 6, 2020 – Iris Automation has been named first place winner in the Technology & Innovation category and third in the Commercial Enterprise Operation or Solution category of the 2020 XCELLENCE Awards by the Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI). Iris […]

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Iris Automation Appoints Aerospace Veteran Jon Damush as CEO

San Francisco, Calif. (October 5, 2020) – Commercial drone safety technology innovator Iris Automation announces its new CEO, Jon Damush, effective immediately. Co-founder Alexander Harmsen has been promoted to Chairman of the Board where he will guide strategy for the company and provide thought leadership on beyond line of sight (BVLOS) drone operations. The move […]

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Detect-and-Avoid (DAA): How Airborne Collision Avoidance Works

by Alejandro Galindo Why Detect-and-Avoid? In the past few years, Civil Aviation Authorities (CAA) worldwide have been actively creating regulatory frameworks that will enable autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) to fly safely Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS), unlocking countless industries for scalable industrial drone operations. In programs such as the FAA’s Integrated Pilot Programs […]

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Iris Automation selected as exclusive Detect-and-Avoid provider for Avidrone Aerospace

Avidrone Aerospace to provide Iris Automation’s Casia to power safe beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) operations for long-range UAS cargo delivery San Francisco (August 19, 2020) — Iris Automation today announced it has been selected as the exclusive airborne detect-and-avoid (DAA) provider to Avidrone Aerospace, a leading OEM of long-range, cargo delivery and sensor payload aircraft and autopilot […]

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Obstacle Avoidance Drones: How They Work and What To Know

by Alejandro Galindo, VP of Research & Development at Iris Automation What is obstacle avoidance? Drones currently on the market with ‘obstacle avoidance’ features are able to maneuver around static objects, such as buildings, mountains, and trees without being manually piloted to do so. Static object avoidance is a problem that has been worked on […]

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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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