Freefly Systems’ all-electric Alta X drone has become the second drone to be approved under the Blue sUAS 2.0 program.

While the Blue sUAS program focused exclusively on short-range reconnaissance efforts when it was first announced in August 2020, version 2.0 expands the scope of the initiative to include more non-military drone applications such as infrastructure inspection, public safety, and mapping.

The US-made Alta X quadcopter is a great addition to the program because it can be custom configured to support a variety of mission requirements.

Built around an open architecture, the system offers up to 35 lbs. of usable payload capacity, accommodating a variety of integrated sensors and third-party payloads such as gimbaled EO/IR, survey-grade RTK/PPK mapping cameras, LiDAR, hyperspectral sensors, and drop/delivery capabilities.

Why the Blue sUAS 2.0 program matters

Policy compliant commercial drones, once vetted by the Blue sUAS program, do not…