I have been working on a functional prototype of an automatic safety system for small rotary and fixed wing UAV/UAS platforms. The goal of the project and the development of the device is to allow automatic detection of flight system power loss, lift, and subsequent activation of an integrated mechanism intended to provide safe descent of the aerial platform, providing safety for observers, ground and air objects,vehicle and vehicle payloads.
Over the next few weeks - I plan to upload some imagery and video of the solution, ultimately with a view to putting together a KickStarter project towards the end of this year (which is only a few weeks away). The solution is standalone and in theory should attach to various flavors and sizes of platform, (packaging and chute size are variable) both for commercial and non-commercial use. I'm currently using my 3DR Quad as the test platform.
The intent by doing a kick-starter would be to get funding and support to 'productionalize' the solution and bring to market (at least in a limited form).
There are multiple goals, primarily safety, but also protection of the UAV investment ($), the payload (e.g.cameras, sensors) but also including data. I imagine that beyond regulations, there needs to be a solid strategy and solution regarding safety before UAV/UAS can be used on a daily basis in built up or urban environments.
At the moment, I'm looking for feedback on whether there is any interest if I were to go the KickStarter route, and also if anyone has any comments. I have a lot more detail of course available to share if appropriate.