These drones can also be used by Remote Pilot Training Organizations to impart pilot training
Drone tech company Asteria Aerospace Ltd recently secured India’s first micro category drone type certification from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). Asteria received the certification for its A200 drone, which is indigenously designed.
Co-founder and Director of Asteria Aerospace, Mr Neel Mehta said the following about the achievement: “It is a matter of great pride for us to receive the first micro category drone certification from the DGCA. The certification makes Asteria’s A200 drone fully compliant with the Drone Rules 2021, which is a requirement for drone operations in India. We are committed to leading the way in providing best-in-class, compliant drones to our customers to fulfil applications at scale.”
As per the DGCA classification, Drones falling within the all-up-weight range of 250g to 2kg are classified as micro drones.
Developed for surveying and mapping applications in GIS, agriculture, construction, and mining, the company said that the A200 drone is a rugged, reliable, and performance-driven multirotor drone laced with advanced features like automated take-off and landing, multiple fail-safes, single pilot operation, tool-less assembly and disassembly, and a flight time of up to 40 minutes.
“It is available with survey-grade PPK GPS and both RGB imaging and Multispectral imaging camera options, making it an ideal surveying and mapping drone for applications across industries,” said the official statement. The said drone can also be utilized in projects like the SVAMITVA scheme and for imparting pilot training to individuals seeking to acquire Remote Pilot Certificate.
Asteria Aerospace Limited, a subsidiary of Jio Platforms is a full-stack drone technology company. Asteria develops customized drone solutions for government and enterprise customers using its in-house hardware design, software development, and manufacturing capabilities.
Brought in by the Quality Council of India, the drone certification scheme facilitates the production of quality drones in India that can be exported across the world.