FAA approves autonomous operations for American Robotics without human operators

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has authorised American Robotics to operate its fully-automated commercial drone systems without human operators on site. According to the company press release, American Robotics’ Scout System features advanced acoustic Detect-and-Avoid (DAA) technology that enables its drones to maintain a safe distance from other aircraft at all times. By developing a layered, redundant system of safety that includes proprietary technical and operational risk mitigations, American Robotics adds its drone-based aerial intelligence platform operates safely in the National Airspace System (NAS), even when it conducts flights Beyond-Visual-Line-of-Sight (BVLOS) of the operator.

Over a rigorous four-year testing program, American Robotics has demonstrated the impact that its Scout Systems can have on industrial and agricultural industries by engaging with multiple organizations across eight states in the U.S. During 2020, Scout Systems flew as many as ten automated missions per day, capturing a variety of advanced data. The real-time analytics derived from this data empowers farmers, agronomists, industrial operators, security personnel, and maintenance crews to accurately track the health and status of their operations, at a resolution and frequency not previously possible.

Each Scout drone lives within a weatherproof base station which enables autonomous charging, data processing and analysis at the edge, and data transmission. Once installed in the field, all facets of Scout’s operation are automated, allowing this technology to gather and analyze ultra-high-resolution data multiple times per day for multiple years without expensive human labour.

“With these approvals, American Robotics is ushering in a new era of widespread automated drone operations,” said Reese Mozer, CEO and co-founder of American Robotics.

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