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May 17, 2017 | Surveying and Mapping

Kittyhawk releases real-time drone operation controls

Drone operations software provider Kittyhawk is emerging today with a new flight management platform for fleet operations. Kittyhawk is an end-to-end platform for planning, flying and logging drone operations. The company announced Flight Deck, a new feature designed to provide in-flight drone controls and functionality in real time.

“A core product theme at Kittyhawk is how we can help our customers foster a culture of safety,” said Josh Ziering, co-founder and chief pilot of Kittyhawk. “Flight Desk fundamentally changes how a commercial drone operations function.”

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Flight Deck eliminates the need for switching between apps during drone operations while also providing information in real-time. Key features of the solution include real-time telemetry and airspace feedback for manned and unmanned vehicles in the area; real-time feedback and insight for fleet management; automated, private and secure media and data transfers; and integration with the FAA’s 3D grid map system.

“As corporations start to roll out their drone operations, they are increasingly looking to consolidate hardware and software vendors,” said Colin Snow, CEO and founder of Skylogic Research. “Platforms that can provide an entire workflow and integrate into existing operations become more and more valuable for large-scale UAV teams. Kittyhawk’s strong product offering puts it in a great place to leverage this market trend.”?

Flight Deck supports: DJI Inspire 2, DJI Inspire 1, DJI Mavic, DJI Phantom 4 PRO, DJI Phantom 4, DJI Phantom 3 Series. The company plans to add more features and hardware partners in the future.

In addition, the overall Kittyhawk platform features preflight capabilities, mobile application support, logging capabilities, fleet management features and post flight data and reporting.

“The innovators at Kittyhawk understand the critical importance of real-time situational awareness and effortless decision-making about where it is safe to fly,” said Ben Marcus, CEO of AirMap. “We’re proud that the AirMap platform can contribute to this sophisticated, end-to-end tool for commercial drone operators and enterprise users.”