Draganfly Innovations is proud to announce the integration of a Multispectral Camera as a payload option for the line-up of Draganflyer UAV systems. Draganfly Innovations will offer the Tetracam ADC Micro, which will aid in gathering data for monitoring crop and environmental health.
Today, the Federal Aviation Administration announced that the first UAS test site in North Dakota is operational and has been certified to use the Draganflyer X4-ES for its testing. This is a major step forward in the process to integrate UAV’s into US airspace.
In December, the FAA announced six test sites chosen to perform Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) research. The location in North Dakota is the first to begin operations and did so more than two-and-a -half months ahead of the scheduled deadline set by Congress.
The remaining five UAS test sites are scheduled to become operational as the year goes on. The sites are located in various areas throughout the US, which ensures that testing will take place in different climates and environments.
The Draganflyer X4-ES and X6, owned by the University or North Dakota Aerospace program, are shown extensively in a recent CNN’s story about drone technology. UND has one of the largest Aerospace programs in the United States, focusing extensively on Unmanned Systems.
The Draganflyer X4-ES is most famous for its use in a Life Saving Mission in May 2013, where Corporal Doug Green flew the X4-ES equipped with a FLIR TAU 2 640 IR Camera and located the missing and unconscious driver in the early hours of the day in Rural Saskatchewan.
The FAA has granted the Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Department, in conjunction with the University of North Dakota, the first Certificate of Authority for Nighttime operations use in the United States. The Federal Aviation Administration authorized the department to fly the Draganflyer UAS in 16 counties, the largest area in the United States, in northeast North Dakota. The new authorization to also fly at night was announced on March 28/2014.