Airo­bot­ics, a lead­ing man­u­fac­tur­er of Uncrewed Air­craft Sys­tems (UAS), has been grant­ed an Air­wor­thi­ness Type Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion from the FAA for its Opti­mus-1EX drone, reports a press release. The drone is only the sec­ond ever UAS to receive this cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and the first Drone-in-a-Box solu­tion, des­ig­nat­ed for ful­ly auto­mat­ed oper­a­tions for emer­gency response and dig­i­tal data cap­tur­ing to obtain this sta­tus from the FAA.

Meir Klin­er, CEO of Airo­bot­ics, enthused, “We are thrilled to be the only U.S com­pa­ny cur­rent­ly to have the capa­bil­i­ty to deploy ful­ly auto­mat­ed drones with Type Cer­tifi­cate over pop­u­lat­ed and com­plex Amer­i­can envi­ron­ments.” 

He con­tin­ued, “Drones with­out an air­wor­thi­ness cer­tifi­cate face great obsta­cles in obtain­ing waivers to oper­ate over peo­ple and active roads, and we believe that our Type cer­ti­fied Opti­mus-1EX drone will soon be deployed in a broad­er range of sce­nar­ios.”

Adding,  “The last type cer­tifi­cate giv­en by the FAA was for a pack­age deliv­ery drone and now we have opened the oppor­tu­ni­ty for more life­sav­ing appli­ca­tions such as Drone First Respond­ing (DFR), rapid infra­struc­ture sur­vey for dis­as­ter relief appli­ca­tions and more.”

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This achieve­ment has come after four years of inten­sive engi­neer­ing and oper­a­tional review process­es con­duct­ed by the FAA. The Opti­mus Sys­tem is already oper­at­ing reg­u­lar­ly in urban envi­ron­ments around the UAE and Israel. The Type Cer­tifi­cate now allows the com­pa­ny to con­duct sim­i­lar oper­a­tions across U.S urban envi­ron­ments, align­ing with its vision of deploy­ing fleets of Opti­mus Sys­tems as a per­ma­nent drone infra­struc­ture. This aims to pro­vide Smart City solu­tions, enhance pub­lic safe­ty, enable Drone as a First Respon­der (DFR) capa­bil­i­ties, and offer var­i­ous com­mer­cial and indus­tri­al aer­i­al data ser­vices.


Airo­bot­ics UAS is owned by Ondas Hold­ings, a Nas­daq float­ed com­pa­ny. The Opti­mus I- EX Sys­tem is viewed as one of the most mature auto­mat­ed drone plat­forms in the mar­ket 

Ondas believes the Type Cer­tifi­cate presents a game-chang­ing solu­tion for local gov­ern­ments and com­mer­cial enti­ties seek­ing to stream­line aer­i­al data cap­ture using a safe and cer­ti­fied air­wor­thy UAS. Airo­bot­ics relies on fleets of auto­mat­ed drones that oper­ate BVLOS. These drones func­tion as a task force, simul­ta­ne­ous­ly col­lect­ing and pro­vid­ing crit­i­cal infor­ma­tion for var­i­ous cus­tomer require­ments.

Each Opti­mus Sys­tem, includes a smart air­base enabling auto­mat­ed bat­tery changes for 24/7 oper­a­tions. It also facil­i­tates auto­mat­ed load­ing and instal­la­tion of sen­sors suit­ed for each spec­i­fied mis­sion. For exam­ple, Opti­mus drones can cov­er a perime­ter of up to 30 square miles sur­round­ing an air­base. Drone flights can be tasked with spe­cif­ic sen­sors, enabling diverse tasks with­in the fleet. Com­plex, longer-term oper­a­tions can be acti­vat­ed, over­seen by remote oper­a­tors in a com­mand-and-con­trol cen­tre.

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