FlightWave Aerospace Secures Authority To Operate (ATO) for Edge 130 Blue VTOL Drone with U.S. Department of Defense
FlightWave Aerospace, a leading provider of VTOL drones, sensors, and software solutions, announced that it has successfully completed the process to receive an Authority To Operate (ATO) designation under the DoD Defense Innovation Unit’s Blue sUAS 2.0 Program. As a result, the NDAA-compliant Edge 130 Blue UAS has been approved by the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) for procurement by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and has been placed on the Blue UAS Cleared List for US Federal agencies to purchase.
The Edge 130 Blue, Edge 130 Blue GCS, Mission Planner, and five FlightWave camera payloads, including the Overwatch Gimbal and Mapping Array, were granted ATO following months of cyber penetration testing and supply chain analysis. The drone system also successfully completed a series of demonstrations to provide DIU with information and verification of its mission planning and launch capabilities, range and endurance, NDAA compliance, operational safety of flight procedures, and cyber security.
Designed specifically for government and military ISR, mapping, and mission planning applications, the Edge 130 Blue enables long-range autonomy and captures high-accuracy aerial imagery to provide near real-time situational awareness to ground forces. Weighing only 1200g (2.65lbs), the Edge 130 Blue can fly over 2 hours in forward flight mode and can be rapidly deployed by one pilot from assembly to hand-launch in just one minute. The Edge 130 Blue is currently available for purchase by U.S. government agencies and all branches of the military as a standalone solution directly from FlightWave at email@example.com or www.flightwave.aero/edge-130-blue/
Larry Berkin, Chief Commercial & Operating Officer of FlightWave, stated, “The Edge 130 Blue has the longest flight time of any Blue UAS approved drone and is a superior, long-range, mission-critical tool for the U.S. military and civil agencies. Automated defense capabilities will play an increasingly essential role in our defense programs and are vital to the US ability to remain competitive. FlightWave is a leader in this space, developing some of the most advanced technology for drones. We are proud to be able to support DIU and the work they are doing with the Blue UAS Program.”