Archer First Response Systems (ArcherFRS) have become the first company to successfully complete the latest F3322-22 ASTM Standard for the certification of Parachute Recovery systems on small Unmanned Aircraft Systems. This was accomplished in collaboration with the Northern Plains UAS Test team, Drone Rescue Systems, and Freefly Systems. ArcherFRS has now obtained the ASTM certification for the Drone Rescue System's DRS-Alta X parachute recovery system, designed for Freefly's Alta X drone.
The successful completion of the Certification is a major milestone for ArcherFRS as it gears up to launch its Emergency First Response Drone Deployment Operations, initially in the State of Florida. The company aims to assist EMS agencies in transporting life-saving medical devices to time-sensitive and life-threatening emergencies, such as Automated External Defibrillators for Sudden Cardiac Arrest and Naloxone Nasal spray for opioid overdoses. The ASTM certification will play a crucial role in ensuring safe operations and reducing the overall ground risk during ArcherFRS' life-saving missions.
Earlier this year, ArcherFRS integrated its sUAS Deployment Infrastructure into RapidSOS, an intelligent safety platform utilized by 911 agencies across the United States. This integration enables turn-key operations by 911 agencies, streamlining the process of deploying emergency drones by 911 dispatchers with minimal or no change to existing dispatch workflows. The company is dedicated to creating the necessary infrastructure to empower 911 agencies to fully leverage the unique capabilities provided by drones. The successful completion of the F3322-22 ASTM certification, along with the integration into RapidSOS, marks significant steps towards fulfilling that commitment.
Gordon Folkes, Founder, and CEO of Archer First Response Systems expressed gratitude towards Drone Rescue Systems' team, stating, "The Drone Rescue System’s team is as excellent as their products are. Given the reliability and efficacy of the DRS-25 Parachute Recovery System, we were confident we would successfully achieve certification, but without the commitment and support of the Drone Rescue Systems team, it would have been a substantially more challenging feat." Folkes also praised Freefly Systems' Alta X drone, citing its long-standing history of building excellent hardware and innovative flight stack implementation.
The Freefly Alta X drone has an impressive safety record, with over 10,000 miles flown beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS). Matt Isenbarger, CRO at Freefly Systems, expressed confidence in their partnership with ArcherFRS, stating,
"With the addition of the ASTM certified Drone Rescue Systems DRS-25 parachute, our partners at Archer First Response Systems are poised to deliver critical lifesaving solutions to those in need, globally."
The successful completion of the ASTM-F3322-22 certification is another milestone in Drone Rescue Systems mission to safeguard people and property from severe damage and ensure safe commercial drone operations. Andreas Ploier, CEO at Drone Rescue Systems, emphasized their commitment to making the drone industry safer, providing unparalleled parachute solutions, and supporting clients with a highly reliable and autonomous approach.
Archer First Response Systems' operations will commence in Florida, with plans to expand support to EMS, Fire, and Law Enforcement agencies across the United States and beyond.