3DR Spektre and IRIS+ get FAA commercial use approval

Big news: today the FAA granted Section 333 commercial use authorization for two 3DR vehicles, the IRIS+ and the Spektre (shown above), for use by our customers BNSF and Build Imagery.
There have been several UAVs that use Pixhawk that have been approved before, including the Event 38 and the Falcon Unmanned fixed-wing platforms. But these are the first multicopters, and the first ones made by 3DR. 
And at the core of it all is the APM software stack created by this community. Go team!
Update: BNSF/Spektre approval is here.

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Comment by Jeff Taylor on March 13, 2015 at 9:12am

Congrats again to the dev teams and 3dr! I can't wait to hear more about the Spektre!

Comment by Christian Stallings on March 13, 2015 at 10:14am

Bill Bonney,

I agree in regards to a creative commons version of the operators and training manuals used in the 333. This is the one part of the 333 process that typically isn't made public. Although you can use similar language used in granted 333's this portion currently has to be created by the individual company so there isn't a good road map for it. 

Comment by Morli on March 13, 2015 at 11:31am


Comment by Todd Graetz on March 16, 2015 at 12:07pm

All - yes, we are very proud of our accomplishment (and thanks to 3DR for their partnership). One thing you may catch in the link Chris sent is that the exemption expires the end of this month. The FAA has since corrected that.

Comment by desmond13 on March 17, 2015 at 8:07am

amazing news. But why the IRIS+ is not mentioned in the document ? 

Comment by Are Jo Næss on June 10, 2015 at 5:05am

Hi Chris,

Do you have any more news on the Spektre? Release date, and config? X4/X8 Pixhawk 2? And weight w/battery?


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