NUAIR validates drone parachute for package delivery company Flytrex at New York UAS test site
Second drone parachute validation by NUAIR and New York UAS Test Site, advancing drone package delivery industry and routine flights over people
Following strenuous testing completed by Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research (NUAIR) at the New York UAS Test Site in Rome, New York, Israel-based drone company Flytrex, has the parachute on its package delivery drones validated as compliant with industry standards. Through these rigorous tests, NUAIR is providing the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry with the data and standards testing needed to unlock commercial operations. This announcement builds on a $30 million investment announced by New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to develop the 50-mile UAS traffic management corridor between Syracuse and Griffiss International Airport, in Rome, New York to advance the growing UAS industry as part of the CNY Rising initiative.
This is the second parachute standard validation performed by NUAIR, advancing the potential for commercial drone package delivery and routine flights over people. Currently, the FAA prohibits most drones from being flown directly over people. Professional drone operators can apply for a waiver from that restriction if they can demonstrate they have robust safety mitigations in place including having a validated parachute.
“NUAIR’s testing at the New York UAS Test Site to validate the parachute on Flytrex’s package delivery drones is helping move this company and others toward commercial UAS activity that will build the drone industry and other industries in Central New York and the Mohawk Valley,” said Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky.
A pioneer in the space, Flytrex has already made impactful strides in safe drone integration as a part of the FAA’s Integration Pilot Program and with the successful validation of its parachute, makes even more advanced flights possible — ushering in a new era of on-demand delivery that breaks down industry limits and sets higher safety standards. Flytrex’s testing of the DRS-M600 parachute under NUAIR supports the recent announcement by New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo of a New York-Israel partnership, and the creation of a UAS Center of Excellence in the Mohawk Valley to be led by NUAIR.
“When it comes to commercial drone operations, safety has to be a main priority,” said Yariv Bash, CEO and co-founder of Flytrex. “We chose to work with Drone Rescue Systems [DRS] not only because they are the experts when it comes to keeping drones safely above our heads, but also because we share the same vision of making commercial drones a viable option by upholding the highest safety standards. Our confidence in these tests is bolstered by NUAIR’s strong track record, having managed the testing of the world’s first certified parachute recovery system. NUAIR is at the forefront of safety regulation, and we’re pleased to be testing with an experienced and capable partner.”
“We are looking forward to working with Flytrex because we both share the same vision of safe commercial drone usage and the belief that high quality products are needed,” said Andreas Ploier, CEO of Drone Rescue Systems. “The testing by NUAIR with their strong record is an important milestone for our companies and the industry in general, making DRS the first company that passed the ASTM certification for the DJI Matrice 600 drone.”
Drone Rescue Systems’ M600 parachute is designed to reduce the risk of harming people on the ground, by bringing down equipment safely, in the event of a drone malfunction. Its patented mechanism deploys a parachute within milliseconds and only takes a few minutes to re-pack the system and relaunch the drone. The DRS-M600 is equipped with a traceable “black box” which stores flight data, much like those on manned aircraft, so in the event of a malfunction, the data can be recovered and analyzed to determine why the parachute was deployed.
NUAIR, which manages the FAA-designated New York UAS Test Site at Griffiss International Airport in Rome, put Flytrex’s DRS-M600 equipped DJI Matrice 600 Pro through 45 functionality tests across five different failure scenarios. The tests were successful, proving that the DRS-M600 complies with the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International standard specification for small UAS parachutes, opening the door for Flytrex to get a waiver to operate its drone over people. The ASTM consensus standard was developed by the FAA and other industry stakeholders in late 2018 after more than a year of work.
“NUAIR is proud to provide companies with this level of standards testing at the New York UAS Test Site,” said Tony Basile, chief operations officer at NUAIR. “Such tests and partnerships support our mission to safely integrate unmanned aircraft into the national airspace. We look forward to continuing to validate industry leading technology, supporting the ever-growing commercial UAS industry.”
NUAIR is an organizational partner of CenterState CEO. The organizations are strategically aligned in their efforts to build public and private partnerships to advance leading edge UAS and UAS traffic management technologies, and create a hub for the industry that will attract investments and business development.
“New York is committed to generating growth, jobs and innovation,” said Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. “The completion of another successful safety test at the New York UAS Test Site in Rome shows how New York is playing a key role in accelerating the drone industry and making sure that commercial drone operations remain safe.”
NUAIR (Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research) is a New York based nonprofit coalition of private and public entities and academic institutions that provide unsurpassed expertise in aeronautical research, unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operations, and safety management. Headquartered in Syracuse, NY, NUAIR manages operations of the New York UAS Test Site at Griffiss International Airport in Rome, NY, one of just seven FAA-designated UAS test sites in the United States, which is responsible to the Federal Aviation Administration and National Aeronautics and Space Administration to conduct operations for UAS testing. NUAIR is a recognized leader in technology and applications development in building the case for safe UAS operations in the Nation’s airspace. Visit www.nuair.org to learn more.
Flytrex provides comprehensive autonomous drone delivery systems that enable any business, from SMBs to e-commerce giants, to integrate on-demand autonomous drone delivery into their offering. From facilitating the regulatory process to providing the drones, a cloud-based drone management system, insurance and maintenance, Flytrex is an end-to-end drone logistics service spearheading the drone revolution. Headquartered in Tel Aviv, the Flytrex team has 50+ years aerospace and defense experience.
About Drone Rescue Systems
An awarded company by the European Space Agency, is one of the leading and most innovative companies that develops autonomous parachute safety solutions. The products are autonomously working because of their own safe electronics, are fast reusable and especially light weighted because of using elastic bands instead of pyrotechnics. That allows us to provide our customers with a solution for the DJI M600 with a total weight of 430g (0.947 lbs). Further patented products in the DRS-portfolio are protecting drones between 3 and 16kg (6-36 lbs). Drone Rescue Systems has years of experience in the field and provides their customers with high quality products to enable safe commercial drone usages BVLOS. Drone Rescue Systems believe in the advantages commercial drone usages are providing various industries with and therefore wants to be an important enabler of this bright future. Visit www.dronerescue.com to learn more.