Freefly Urges Operators To Keep Astro Drone Grounded
Drone manufacturer Freefly has urged all operators of the Astro drone system to ground their aircraft after a recent crash of an Astro drone caused by an in-flight software failure.
Freefly, which introduced the Astro in 2020 as an addition to its Alta series of drones for cinematographers, has called for the halt in the use of these systems due to a software problem that caused a crash of the aircraft. Freefly is currently investigating the cause of the problem and has advised all Astro users worldwide to keep their drones grounded for the time being.
The Astro drone is mainly used for applications such as inspections and mapping and can be equipped with a 61-megapixel Sony a7R IV camera for high-quality recordings. The system also boasts a number of special features, such as an onboard computer for data processing, LTE cloud connectivity, and RTK GPS.
According to Freefly, the recent crash occurred due to a faltering in-flight software of version 1.1.14 for an…