The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded Type Certificate to Ondas Holdings' Airobotics Optimus-1EX system. This certificate allows broader flight operations over people and infrastructure, verifying the drone's compliance with FAA's airworthiness and noise standards within the National Airspace System.
This move comes after a rigorous four-year evaluation by the FAA. Ondas Holdings, has already employed the Optimus System in urban settings in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). With the new certification, Ondas aims to roll out similar drone operations throughout American urban centers. The objective is to establish a permanent drone infrastructure that offers solutions like enhanced public safety, commercial aerial data services, and Drone as a First Responder (DFR) capabilities.
Eric Brock, Chairman and CEO of Ondas, remarked on the achievement, highlighting the system's conformity to FAA's stringent standards and inviting forward-thinking entities to leverage the newly-certified technology for aerial security and data collection.
In the aviation world, Type Certificates carry immense weight, affirming an aircraft's safety and adherence to set standards. Airobotics, a leader in urban environment data capture, is the first of its kind to obtain this certificate, placing its Optimus System among the top-tier of trusted drone platforms. Ondas anticipates that the certification will be a pivotal solution for those looking to employ reliable aerial data collection methods.
Meir Kliner, Airobotics' CEO, emphasized the competitive edge the certificate gives Airobotics, especially when it comes to operating drones over populated areas. Niv Russo, Airobotics' VP of Aviation & Regulation, praised the collaboration with the FAA team during the certification process.
Currently active in locations like the UAE and Israel, the Optimus System operates via fleets of automated drones, providing essential data for varying client needs without human intervention. The system includes features like automated battery changes for round-the-clock operations and adaptable sensors for customized tasks.