One drone accessory is responsible for coercing the administration authorities into allowing drone flights over people and that is a drone parachute!
Indemnis, an enterprise headquartered in Alaska, has come up with a parachute mechanism known as Nexus. The company has been testing their systems lately and believe that they are at par with the international standards for drone parachutes.
The Nexus parachute system can be activated immediately in case of detection of any malfunctioning and has been engineered for the DJI Inspire 2. The system underwent a process of rigorous testing at the NUAIR drone test site in Rome, N.Y.
You must be wondering what the testing process was like!
The testing spanned over the course of four days with the drone parachute going through 45 functionality tests based on five different abnormal situations. The test results proved that the Nexus on the DJI Inspire 2 was in conformity with the ASTM International F3322-18 Standard Specification for sUAS Parachutes. This standard was finalized just the previous year.
As a matter of serious safety concern, drone flights over people are stringently prohibited by the Federal Aviation Administration. But this is likely to change with the advent of this parachute system. Drone pilots are allowed to request for a waiver to fly their machines over people but this relaxation has only been availed by a few companies in the country so far.
Working of the Indemnis Nexus Parachute for DJI Inspire 2
- The ballistic parachute launcher is activated automatically if the drone undergoes abnormal flight symptoms or begins crashing down
- The parachute is triggered within 39 milliseconds at 90mph through a tube that instantaneously inflates to keep the parachute lines away from the drone body and propellers
- The Nexus has only been designed for the DJI Inspire 2 but the company is planning to make the product available for the DJI Matrice 200 series and the Matrice 600 series drones by the end of 2019
The Nexus drone parachute is encapsulated in the orange tube which consists of composite materials containing Dyneema fibers. It is pertinent to mention here that Dyneema is considered almost fifteen times stronger than steel and hence the strongest fibers in the world. The company has admitted that the installation of the Nexus parachute system does lead to a reduction of 3 to 5 minutes in the overall flight timing but also believe that it has very little repercussions as far as the flight aerodynamics are concerned.
The Indemnis Nexus Parachute system is only available for purchase through select DJI enterprise retailers at present.