LiDARUSA announced the option of the Drone Rescue Systems parachute system with all DJI M600 UAV sales.

As UAV’s become increasingly common for mapping applications the likelihood of a crash increases, the company noted.  A top concern for any pilot should be the safety of all people in the vicinity.  Equipment safety is second.  Any mapping equipped drone will have enough weight to potentially harm a person even if falling from a low altitude flight, the company said.  The Drone Rescue system helps mitigate this danger and gives the pilot added assurance that should the system fail, they have gone the extra mile to prevent harm to any bystanders.

Weighing in at only 430g in a re-packable cannister of only 160x75mm, the DRS-M600 is designed to auto-release within milliseconds of detecting a system failure using a patented, airplane-friendly, ejection mechanism. Effective as low as 10m with a descent of 3m/s, the equipment will land without a hard impact yet quickly enough to keep from being dragged far away.

"We performed our own tests of the Drone Rescue system to ensure the system really worked as advertised," says Daniel Fagerman, CTO of LiDARUSA.  "We weren't disappointed. While it's an expensive test if it fails, the good news is it that the system worked as well as could be expected.  The M600 incurred very little damage and was easily repaired. We feel confident this will be more than just an accessory for our clients but rather a necessity.”