AR drones get FAA nod to operate autonomously up to 10 miles
American Robotics (AR) says it has received a Part 107 waiver from the FAA for expanded automated beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations. The company’s Scout drones can now operate autonomously at ranges of up to 10 miles, allowing for more efficient inspections over large industrial sites and linear assets such as pipelines, railways, and electrical transmission lines.
The new approval is essentially an amendment to AR’s original FAA waiver granted in 2021, which made the Ondas Networks subsidiary the first company allowed to operate its autonomous drone technology BVLOS with no pilots or visual observers on-site. Now, the FAA is authorizing the company to increase the range of its autonomous drone technology.
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