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NYS Test Site Shepherds New UAS Technology Breakthrough

A testing breakthrough at the New York UAS Test Site in Rome, New York, validates the Indemnis Nexus parachute system for DJI drones over people and sensitive locations.

A strenuous testing procedure at the New York UAS Test Site in Rome, New York and managed by the Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research (NUAIR) Alliance, has led to validation of the Indemnis Nexus parachute system for the DJI Inspire 2 drone as compliant with the new international standard for drone parachutes.

This breakthrough in reliable parachute technology for small drones opens a wide range of new possibilities for professional drone operators intending to demonstrate they can safely and reliably fly over people as well as sensitive locations.

The NUAIR Alliance put the Indemnis Nexus through 45 functionality tests across five different failure scenarios during four days of testing. Those tests validated that the Nexus on the Inspire 2 complies with the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) F3322-18 standard testing matrix for small unmanned aircraft system parachutes. DJI, Indemnis, the FAA and other industry stakeholders collaborated on developing the ASTM consensus standard, which was finalized late last year after more than a year of work.

“The NUAIR Alliance is proud to have been a part of helping Indemnis’  transformative technology enter real-world deployment into the National Airspace System on a leading DJI drone platform,” said retired Air Force Major General Marke “Hoot” Gibson, president and CEO of NUAIR, who was previously the FAA’s senior adviser on drones.