Drone operating system maker Auterion this week announced they were collaborating with drone maker Impossible Aerospace to bring its US-1 drone for first responder agencies to market.
Zurich-based Auterion makes the Auterion Enterprise PX4, an open-source, enterprise operating system for drones that includes flight control software. Built in 2011, the software includes a global developer community. “Similar to Red Hat, Auterion builds the open-source infrastructure so that drone manufacturers can go to market much faster with new products flying trusted software,” the company said.
The US-1 electric drone by Impossible Aerospace made its public safety debut earlier this year with a California-based police force. The drone, with the “longest flight time on the market,” gives police agencies new options that sit between lower-end drones and police helicopters, bringing more uses for aerial imagery and lower costs.
“During critical public safety incidents, real-time intelligence from a UAV is extremely important,” said Spencer Gore, CEO of Impossible Aerospace. “We turned to Auterion for software because their operating system is auditable and trusted for government applications.”
Auterion plans on showcasing the Impossible US-1 at their booth (#2009) at next week’s AUVSI Xponential show in Chicago (April 30 – May 2).
“Public safety organizations can now field a drone with government solicited, cyber-secure and trusted software that enables the drone to stream real-time footage to a command center,” said Kevin Satori, co-founder of Auterion. “Choosing Auterion and its open source, open standards approach will greatly simplify the integration of the US-1 into the IT infrastructure of public safety organizations.”