Domestic manufacturers have been slow to launch new drones, yet Watts Innovations powers ahead with the launch of their new NDAA compliant drone
Watts Innovations recently announced their Prism Sky drone platform, providing an available solution to drone pilots who need NDAA compliant drones. While many domestic manufacturers have announced new drone platforms, few have actually made it to market. Watts announced the Prism aircraft around the same time as the Astro, the Airpeak and other domestically built drones. Albeit, Watts innovations is the only domestic manufacturer to produce aircraft at scale.
Watts innovations partnered with Auterion to offer a robust drone platform. Auterion’s system allows the Prism to integrate with numerous camera payloads and control systems to offer a robust platform designed to serve numerous industry verticals.
“PRISM Sky takes advantage of the best aspects of our PRISM aircraft, while combining them with the power of Auterion’s ecosystem. Combined with our KONTACT Ground Control Station, pilots and operators will experience a massive change in the way they interact with the aircraft and its payload. PRISM Sky is the first NDAA Compliant drone from Watts Innovations – meaning all critical components are made & sourced either from the USA or from non-adversarial countries.”
The NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) is an annual bill that passes through Congress and outlines the budget for the U.S military. Part of that bill includes language requiring all federally funded agencies to purchase drones not manufactured in China. The goal behind the NDAA was to limit the purchase of Chinese made drones due to potential security issues. Yet the bill has added confusion as there are very few domestically built drones that fit the bill of the NDAA. The Blue sUAS list was created to clarify which drones comply with the regulations. Currently only 5 drones are on the list…not manufacturers.
Prism Sky, powered by Skynode allows further control distances and robust fleet management services. The Prism sky, by using Skynode, also expands the payload options significantly. Drone program managers and pilots can see real-time data from the Prism Sky drone. This data allows managers to see data logging and drone status over the internet. This functionality will make maintaining drones easier for drone programs. This 5g capability will also serve advanced drone operations utilizing BVLOS or beyond-visual-line-of-sight flight.
The Prism drone offered drone pilots a truly modular platform. Pilots can even swamp the arms out, to improve payload capacity. Now the drone can work with numerous camera payloads and entire lines of cameras. This flexibility leap frogs existing platforms available for sale in the USA. From videography on set to mapping power lines, the Prism expands to serve almost all industry verticals.
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