AURA Network Systems (AURA) has closed a $30.9 million Series A funding round. “It is the latest milestone for the company, which operates the nation’s only coast- to-coast network designed to solve one of aviation’s most pressing problems: How to enable the commercial viability of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) market by providing secure and reliable voice and data communications,” says the funding announcement.
Reliable and secure communications for commercial drones are critical for enabling flight beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) and advanced air vehicles like VTOL passenger aircraft, cargo delivery drones, and other advance applications. AURA has taken a leadership position in the commercial drone community over the last year, being named by NASA as a National Campaign partner and by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to the BVLOS rulemaking committee.
In addition, a January Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ruling will allow AURA “to expand…