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Swoop Aero, Iris Automation to enhance the safety of critical deliveries

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Australian drone-powered logistics company, Swoop Aero, has partnered with commercial drone safety innovator, Iris Automation, to enhance critical deliveries with air safety technology.

The partnership will offer Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drone solutions which will safely unlock the skies above cities and solve logistics challenges in remote and rural areas.

Swoop Aero deploys its proprietary drone logistics platform into networks capable of delivering essential supplies to urban, rural and remote areas globally.

Building on its experience in some of the hardest places to reach in the world, the organisation has enabled the integration of Iris Automation’s detect-and-avoid (DAA) technology, Casia, into the Swoop Aero drone logistics infrastructure to enable the safe integration of manned and unmanned aviation into global supply chains in various settings and regions.

The Iris Automation Casia system detects other aircraft and makes intelligent decisions about the threat they may pose to the drone. It then works seamlessly with the Swoop Aero system to trigger automated maneuvers to avoid collisions, as well as alerting the pilot in command of the mission.

Iris also partners with Swoop on airspace integration regulatory resources.

“With two leading drone innovators coming together we can drive the safe integration of autonomous aircraft into even more critical area,” said Eric Peck, CEO and co-founder of Swoop Aero.

“A DAA solution is the last great challenge preventing complex operational approvals and certification in countries like Australia and the United States. This partnership showcases the innovation inherent in our platform, and our commitment to safety,” Peck said.

The partnership follows Swoop Aero’s recent unveiling of its new announced aircraft, Kite, which has been designed with precision for urban flight and high-impact rural and remote operations.

Kite will support the integration of Iris Automation’s Casia detect-and-avoid technology as part of its suite of safety features available to meet operational and customer requirements.

Quote from Jon Damush, CEO of Iris Automation

“Swoop Aero is a great example of how commercial drone services are evolving, meeting numerous critical use cases around the world,” said John Damush, CEO of Iris Automation.

“We are seeing the leading players in the space make investments in safety, and Swoop is one of the firms leading the charge to ensure the safe and efficient integration of uncrewed aircraft into existing national airspaces around the world,” Damush said.

“Demand for these use cases is highest in regions with stringent air safety standards, and avoiding mid-air collisions is the most important aspect of reducing air-risk,” he said.

Source: Swoop Aero

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