Tested by NUAIR Alliance in 45 functionality tests and 5 real-world failure scenarios at the UAS Test Site in Rome, NY, the Nexus passed the ASTM F3322-18 standard testing matrix. The positive results are being deemed by the manufacturers as a clear step forward towards safe and legal flights over people, and believe that they can be the basis for receiving the appropriate wavers from the FAA.
“DJI is pleased to have contributed to the development of technologies and standards that will be used to support advanced, higher-risk operations,” said Brendan Schulman, DJI Vice President of Policy & Legal Affairs. “As the FAA works to open more of America’s skies to beneficial drone uses, the certification of the Nexus system on DJI’s platform is a significant step toward making flight over people and crowds routine, expanding the scope of vital applications such as search and rescue, newsgathering, and public safety.”
The Nexus is able to deploy a parachute within 30 milliseconds at 90 mph automatically when an abnormal tilt from the drone it is attached to has been detected. The system underwent thousands of internal tests of potential failures before submitting to the ISO.
Indemnis President/CEO Amber McDonald added light with their decision to partner with DJI for the compliance test. “DJI’s drone platforms are the clear choice of professionals, and our turnkey packages make it easy for DJI customers to propose advanced, higher-risk operations to regulators around the world,” McDonald said.
Indemnis plans to eventually roll out the ballistic parachute launcher system to the DJI Matrice 200 and 600 series drones by the end of 2019.