Drone manufacturer Applied Aeronautics has integrated Iris Automation’s detect and avoid system Casia  on board its latest Albatross aircraft, enabling beyond visual line of sight flights.

The Albatross drone, which can be purchased for US$7,000 and the forthcoming beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) model offers a long distance endurance of up to four hours, and critical capabilities for BVLOS including specialized communications, modular – application specific – payloads. Flying drones beyond line of sight has been estimated to save between 28% and 55% of the cost to fly similar missions by helicopter, according to the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).

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