Wednesday, October 28, 2015

UAS Development recieives FAA authorization for Heavy-Lift Drone operations

Unmanned Aerial Systems Development, Inc. (UAS Development), with headquarters located in Holliston, MA, is pleased to announce it has successfully petitioned for authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration to commence operations utilizing their fleet of small unmanned multi-rotor vehicles. This authorization along with the FAA issued Certificate of Authorization (COA) will allow UAS Development to conduct controlled close range flight operations and expand its program of research and development with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for industrial and commercial markets.

UAS Development selected representation by Mintz, Levin, P.C. as counsel of record for the creation and submission of the petition. Jonathan Cain of Mintz DC acted as UAS Development’s chief counsel for this petition.

UAS Development operates a broad range of UAVs, from “micro” units up to their flagship heavy lift multi-rotor UAVs. This large UAV is built as a mission specific platform for feature film quality aerial cinematography and film/video production. UAS Development will provide equipment and licensed crews to conduct operations to satisfy currently unmet film industry demand for aerial production using UAVs through a partner company, Oversite Productions, Inc.

Through its association with the New England chapter of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI-NE), UAS Development has run several events demonstrating their capabilities and workflow to the film & television industry, as well as regional robotics & autonomous systems companies and other researchers in the robotics field.

UAS Development will continue to explore advancements in UAV systems efficiency, operational safety and commercialization through integration of remotely piloted and autonomous aerial systems into diverse applications. UAS Development seeks collaborative research and development programs with engineering and industrial services clients to advance these initiatives.

UAS Development is a privately held corporation chartered in Massachusetts. The principals are Jeff Adams, Joel Laino and Matthew Greenway. Jeff Adams is a 20 year veteran of commercial and advertising production, and is a member of the Board of Directors for AUVSI New England. Joel Laino has also been in the production industry for over 20 years and serves as Creative Director for the firm’s production business. Matthew Greenway is a mechanical engineer and has 15 years experience in aviation and electronics manufacturing.

UAS Development was founded in 2014 to conduct research in the unmanned aerial vehicle market. Our interest is in developing mission specific UAVs to service commercial and industrial applications of remote imaging and data collection from light weight and cost effective platforms. Our initial market focus is in aerial cinematography and video production, making use of high definition, production grade digital camera systems, with an emphasis on integration of similar camera capabilities into remotely controlled gimbals with robust stabilization and operating capacities. We integrated technologies to compose a heavy-lift airframe and payload management configuration that provides our operators the ability to run camera kits up to 20 lbs for 10-15 minute intervals.

Our proprietary equipment configuration lends itself to a wide variety of alternative applications including: Thermal imaging, GIS mapping, bio-chem & composite spectrometry, remote sensor data acquisition and video/photography recording. UAS Development has established collaborative relationships with a variety of sensor manufacturers, with the intention of delivering robust data acquisition configurations to satisfy a diverse range of mission parameters and program initiatives.

UAS Development is also working with the FAA during the beta test phase of the FAA’s new UAV operator app, “B4Ufly”. The app seeks to enhance communications between UAVs and manned aviation traffic mangers to avoid conflicted airspace.

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