The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced a trio of significant decisions late Wednesday, including issuance of type certification to Ondas Holding unit Airobotics’ Optimus-1EX automated drone platform, in what’s being touted as the “first non-air carrier drone designed for autonomous security and data capture.” 

Ondas said the “first-of-its-kind certification” of the Optimus was the fruit of four years of work with the FAA – a process doubtless facilitated by long, successful experience of sister drone company American Robotics in interfacing with the regulator on expanded operational authorizations.