Asylon Robotics, a front-runner in the field of automated security drones, recently revealed the successful completion of a series of multi-drone flight tests. These tests, carried out in collaboration with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), are geared towards shaping the future standards for safe beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) drone operations.
Anzen Unmanned, who specializes in advanced drone safety engineering, is overseeing the FAA program. As the program lead, Anzen is responsible for curating the safety standards, formulating test scenarios, and establishing validation criteria. Moreover, they are charged with conducting an in-depth human factors analysis, aiming to ascertain the minimum requirements for safely operating complex drone systems on a larger scale. The FAA's initiative in teaming up with Anzen signifies its dedication to fostering drone safety and innovation.
In a key phase of the test series, Asylon's operational hub, functioning round-the-clock, saw a single operator managing six drones concurrently. This ensemble consisted of three automated DroneSentry drones from Asylon's fleet and three simulated drones. The synchronized test flights transpired within the controlled precincts of Griffiss International Airport in conjunction with the NUAIR Alliance, and also at Asylon’s main office in Norristown, PA. Regardless of their diverse geographical locations, all the drones were steered by one operator employing Asylon's cloud-driven, open-architecture DroneIQ software.
Asylon's capacity to operate several drones at once in regulated airspace is a commendable progression. The company's track record boasts the approval of eight BVLOS waivers, permitting operations at its client locations. These waivers, combined with the capability to operate multiple drones simultaneously, stand as testament to the potential efficiency and cost-effectiveness of automated drones when juxtaposed with conventional security measures like CCTV systems or manned security.
Brent McLaughlin, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Asylon, commented on the test results, emphasizing their significance in affirming Asylon's operational strategies, hardware frameworks, and software systems. He stated that these achievements are promising not only for Asylon and its clientele but also for the wider industry. The insights gained will be shared with the broader community, thanks to collaborations with Anzen Unmanned and the FAA.
Asylon continues its mission of offering sophisticated security robotic solutions for various U.S. enterprises, including names like GXO Logistics and governmental bodies like the Space Force, with the ultimate aim of fostering safer environments.