Iris Automation has been in our peripheral vision for a few years now. So we thought it would make sense to take a look at what the company does, as its products offer the ability for a drone to detect (and avoid) other crewed aircraft.

Iris Automation is all about air safety. Specifically, ensuring that a drone you might be operating can detect and avoid crewed aircraft. In a nutshell, that’s what Iris Automation does, which is a very important thing as the industry evolves toward a future where Beyond Visual Line of Sight flights are the norm, rather than the exception.

Let’s look at how the company does it.

An eye on the sky

Drones are often referred to as an “eye in the sky.” But drones are generally built to use those eyes (regardless of what type of sensor we’re talking about), to capture data on a mission. The eyes of a drone, with rare exceptions, are generally focussed on ground-based objects or assets. They’re not looking around for other things in the…