Ascent AeroSystems announces full compliance with US RemoteID mandate

Drone manufacturer Ascent AeroSystems reports the immediate availability of RemoteID capabilities for its Spirit and NX30 sUAS platforms. The new Bluetooth-based module will be integrated on every Spirit and NX30 shipping after 15 September 2022, and existing Spirit platforms will be receiving this capability over the next year.

Bobby Sakaki, Head of Product said:  “We are the first Blue sUAS-certified OEM to be fully compliant,” says the company press release. Ascent AeroSystems’ RemoteID solution meets or exceeds all ASTM and FCC compliance requirements, is NDAA compliant, and will be built into all existing and future products.  Retrofits will be available for previously delivered Ascent AeroSystems UAVs beginning in Q1 2023.

“Two things are required for small UAS operations to scale successfully into efficient networks,” said Peter Fuchs, Ascent AeroSystems’ CEO.  “First, operators need a robust aircraft that can operate reliably in difficult, real-world environments.  Our coaxial platforms are designed for precisely those conditions.  The second is a consistent, well-understood regulatory framework.  By ensuring all our newly delivered systems are compliant from day one, our customers are able to demonstrate their ability to conform to those requirements safely.”

The development by Ascent AeroSystems follows months of development and testing, according to company experts. Also noteworthy is additional background on the current mandate which covers the requirement for broadcast RemoteID, and does not yet related to network or standard RemoteID. The deadline for OEMs to become compliant on new airframes is 15 September 2022 and existing UAV have one year to be compliant via retrofit modules. Certain OEMs will be compliant already are, while others will take longer as their solutions are developed, tested, implemented, and refined, according to industry comment.

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