Drone safety systems company, ParaZero Israel Ltd (ASX: PRZ), welcomed today the publication of the new standard for sUAS (small Unmanned Aerial Systems) parachutes. This is a significant step forward for the commercial drone industry.
The new ASTM standard, also known as F3322, defines the requirements for the design, manufacturing and testing of sUAS parachute systems. ParaZero was a member of the standard development working group along with the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA), MITRE and other prominent industry players.
Among other things, the standard requires an autonomous triggering system to detect failures and deploy the parachute without relying on the RPIC (remote-pilot-in-command) as well as a flight termination system to stop the motors from spinning. To meet the standard, parachute systems will need to pass a series of aerial deployments (45 deployments for multi-rotors) through which they need to prove the effectiveness of the system in the sUAS’s full flight envelope and in various failure scenarios.
According to Avi Lozowick, ParaZero’s Director of Policy and Strategy, “The standard is designed to allow Civil Aviation Authorities (CAA) to determine with confidence whether a parachute system is safe enough to allow for flight over people. A leading group of experts from around the world spent many months refining and perfecting the standard. We encourage the FAA and CAA in other countries to adopt this standard.”
Commenting on the above, ParaZero’s CEO, Eden Attias, said “The publication of F3322 will pave the path for safe and legal flight over people. We intend for our products to comply with the standard in the near future.”