Swoop Aero, drone-powered logistics provider, partners with Iris Automation – sUAS News
Australian drone-powered logistics company Swoop Aero and business drone safety innovator Iris Automation have partnered to deliver Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drone solutions to global customers seeking to safely unlock the skies over cities and solve the logistics challenges in remote and rural areas.
Swoop Aero has extensive experience in providing drone logistics services to customers requiring safe and sustainable transportation in areas where traditional land or air access is inaccessible, too slow or not economical. Its mission is to transform the way the world moves by facilitating access to the sky.
The partnership enhances Swoop Aero’s ability to expand into global markets and support a wider range of customer assignments by enabling the company to gain complex operational approvals and certifications. Swoop Aero recently announced medical supply delivery operations with EBOS Healthcare in Australia and joined the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Airspace Integration Test Program. (MBIE). Both operations integrate Iris Automation’s Casia detection and avoidance technology to improve aviation safety.
The partnership announcement follows Swoop Aero’s recent unveiling of its announced new aircraft, Kite ™, which has been precision engineered for urban flights and high-impact rural and remote operations. Swoop Aero considers Kite ™ to be the most advanced aircraft in its class to advance in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification program in the United States. Kite ™ is the centerpiece of Swoop Aero’s complete technology stack, including hardware, software and supporting infrastructure. Kite ™ will also support the integration of Iris Automation’s Casia detection and avoidance technology as part of its suite of security features available to meet operational and customer requirements.
Swoop Aero deploys its proprietary drone logistics platform in networks capable of delivering essential supplies to urban, rural and remote areas around the world. Drawing on its experience in some of the most difficult to access places in the world, the organization has enabled the integration of detection and avoidance (DAA) technology from Iris Automation, Casia, into the infrastructure Swoop Aero drone logistics to enable the safe integration of manned and unmanned aviation into global supply chains in various contexts and regions. The Iris Automation Casia system detects other aircraft and makes intelligent decisions regarding the threat they may pose to the drone. It then works seamlessly with the Swoop Aero system to trigger automated maneuvers to avoid collisions, as well as alerting the pilot in command of the mission. Iris is also partnering with Swoop on regulatory airspace integration resources.
Quote from Eric Peck, CEO and co-founder of Swoop Aero
“With the bringing together of two leading drone innovators, we can drive the safe integration of autonomous aircraft into even more critical areas. A DAA solution is the last big challenge preventing complex operational approvals and certifications in countries like Australia and the United States. This partnership highlights the innovation inherent in our platform and our commitment to security.
Quote from Jon Damush, CEO of Iris Automation
“Swoop Aero is a prime example of the evolution of commercial drone services, responding to many critical use cases around the world. We see the major players in space investing in security, and Swoop is one of the companies leading the charge in ensuring the safe and efficient integration of unmanned aircraft into existing national airspaces around the world. The demand for these use cases is highest in regions with strict aviation safety standards, and avoiding mid-air collisions is the most important aspect of reducing aviation risk. An innovator like Swoop Aero is doing what it takes to safely introduce air services to deliver essential supplies to previously inaccessible areas and we are delighted to partner with them on this mission. “
About Swoop Aero
Swoop Aero is an Australian drone-powered logistics company founded in 2017 to transform the way the world travels by making it easier to reach the skies. We integrate drone logistics at the first and last mile of the healthcare supply chain to transform its strength and agility. When we do not provide this service ourselves, we are selectively providing our technology platform to organizations around the world to extend the reach of our impact. Our goal is to provide an accessible service to 1 billion people by 2030, with an impact on all sectors, including health, transport, disaster management and search and rescue. Since its founding in 2017, Swoop Aero has worked with some of the largest global health organizations on three continents, including UNICEF, the Gates Foundation, UK Aid, USAID and Gavi the Vaccine Alliance. Swoop Aero’s forward-thinking approach to healthcare and its successful operations on three continents have led it to be recognized globally as a leading player in the medical technology industry. Find out more at www.swoop.aero
About Iris Automation
Iris Automation is a pioneering security avionics technology company in onboard and outboard perception systems and aviation policy services that enable customers to create scalable operations for manned and unmanned aircraft; unleash the potential of countless industries. The Casia d’Iris system operates either on board the aircraft or in a ground configuration. We work closely with civil aviation authorities around the world as they implement regulatory frameworks to ensure BVLOS is performed safely, partnering with several FAA ASSURE and BEYOND UAS integration programs and Transport Canada’s BVLOS technology demonstration program. Visit www.irisonboard.com