MARLBOROUGH, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--American Robotics, a leading commercial developer of fully-automated drone systems, today announced it will join the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Beyond-Visual-Line-of-Sight (BVLOS) Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) to advance BVLOS drone operations at the request of the FAA. As the first company to be authorized by the FAA for highly automated operations with no humans on-site, American Robotics holds a unique view on how to further advance and develop drone regulations to best support the $100 billion commercial drone industry. American Robotics will provide recommendations to normalize safe, viable and scalable BVLOS flights.
“American Robotics is excited to participate in pushing forward BVLOS regulations alongside the FAA to develop safe integration of UAS into our National Airspace System,” said Reese Mozer, co-founder and CEO of American Robotics. “Our groundbreaking FAA approval in January 2021 was an important and significant step forward for the commercial drone community as a whole. We look forward to sharing our insights with the broader commercial drone community, and the FAA, and providing commercial users better access to the data and insights that are only accessible through an automated drone solution.”
The commercial drone industry is growing quickly and providing significant benefits to the American public, but enabling expanded BVLOS operations is critical for the industry to truly take off. Automated BVLOS operations are particularly important to bringing the commercial sectors into the drone economy, including the oil and gas, renewable energy, infrastructure, and agriculture verticals. Key to these operations is the use, and FAA acceptance, of new and innovative safety technologies, such as long-range detect and avoid (DAA) sensors and software-enabled automation. The ARC will be a key step towards the future of the commercial drone industry.
About American Robotics, Inc.
American Robotics (“AR”) is a privately-owned company focused on designing, developing, and marketing industrial drone solutions for rugged, real-world environments. AR’s Scout System™ is a fully-automated, AI-powered drone system capable of continuous, unattended operation and is marketed as a “drone-in-a-box” turnkey data solution service under a Robot-as-a-Service (RAAS) business model. The Scout System™ is the first drone system approved by the FAA for automated operation beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) with no humans on-site. AR was founded by leading roboticists from Carnegie Mellon and Stanford with a shared vision for bringing robotic technology out of the lab and into the real-world to solve global challenges. American Robotics growth is also bolstered by the company’s recent decision to enter into an acquisition by Ondas Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: ONDS), a developer of proprietary, software-based wireless broadband technology. Ondas and American Robotics recently completed a $51.5 million equity raise that was heavily oversubscribed.