ParaZero announces safety parachute for Solo

From the ParaZero press release:

TEL AVIV, Israel – March, 2016 – ParaZero, a startup that has developed a safety solution for all aerial systems such as UAVs and drones, publicly unveiled its technology today as governments around the world are increasingly focusing on regulating and ensuring the safety of the emerging commercial and private drone sector.

As companies such as Amazon and Google look to commercialize the use of drones for multiple purposes, and private consumers and hobbyists are enjoying more affordable drone models, the safety of both people and property has become a huge concern. Legislative bodies and civil aviation authorities around the world are currently debating the proper way to regulate this exponentially growing market, while simultaneously demanding increased safety features.

In this climate, there is a clear need to ensure that the increasing numbers of drones filling the skies don’t pose a danger to the people or property on the ground. ParaZero has developed its SafeAir system, that includes an automatic parachute recovery system for drones that will not only protect and prevent injury of people and assets on the ground, but will also allow drone operators to protect their investment in expensive drone hardware.

“It’s clear that drones are set to play a major role in our future, whether they are used as aerial cameras, rapid delivery systems, or for private enjoyment. In light of this, ensuring that these devices are operated safely and protecting individuals and property on the ground is paramount,” said Eden Attias, CEO of ParaZero. “Our system provides a reliable solution for the industry, just like an airbag, that acts automatically, whether there is a critical malfunction or a loss of power. Most importantly, our system works rapidly and at very low altitudes ensuring maximum effectiveness.”

The ParaZero’s SafeAir recovery system includes a patented pyrotechnic parachute launcher, independent triggering, as well as other safety solutions for payload protection. Altogether, these solutions provide multiple advantages over competing systems. These include:

  • Extremely Low Effective Altitude – ParaZero is using a customised pyrotechnic device that actively deploys the parachute to its full formation, in a fraction of a second. This technology protects aerial systems of all shapes and sizes, including all UAV, UAS, and drone platforms.
  • Automatic Triggering paired with Advanced Pyrotechnic Deployment – ParaZero leverages a highly reliable, complete stand-alone auto deployment system that does not rely on a drone’s systems and sensors. Thus, in case of a loss of power or control, breach flight envelope limits, penetration of GEO fencing, and other emergencies, the auto deployment system independently detects and automatically deploys the parachute.
  • Lightweight – ParaZero’s recovery systems are made from composite lightweight materials, making them the lightest systems available in the market.
  • Custom Design – Each system is custom made and embedded to fit the platform design, specs, and appearance of the aerial system. The safety solution can also be an independent add on, or dull integrated, according to the needs of the customers.

ParaZero has already partnered with leading manufacturers in the limited initial deployment of its system. Current users include Martin Jetpacks, DJI, as well as the Solo drone, produced by 3D Robotics. The company creates systems to meet the unique requirements of drone manufacturers, tailoring each system to the specific demands of each drone system.

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Comment by Mike Knott on March 14, 2016 at 12:36pm

Very nice! Does this interface with the Solo Accessory bay?


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Comment by Stephen Zidek on March 14, 2016 at 2:16pm

Looks nice.  I wouldn't use it every flight- I wouldn't use the Solo every flight due to its short battery life- but in high risk situations like flying near people I would definitely use this.


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Comment by Hugues on March 15, 2016 at 10:55am

Does it limit the impact at 69Joules on impact ? (EU regulation) Normally the sink rate should not be over 4m/s , so it might not be slowing down enough : option for bigger chute ?

Comment by Rana on March 15, 2016 at 11:09am

Really awesome ! Parachute size should be slightly larger as had it been a concrete place where the SOLO finally dropped the there could have damage to SOLO.  

Comment by Robert Brooks on March 17, 2016 at 11:17am
Hugues - I see your point regarding the Joules on impact but my according to my calculations this is well within the EU regulation standard:
 
Masa*V^2*0.5
A solo weighs 2 Kg
The speed is 6 meters per second
That means
2*6^2*0.5=2*36*0.5= 36 Joules.
 
Tell me if you think my calculation is off.
 
By the way, according to the article on http://www.suasnews.com/2016/03/42514/ they are developing a huge variety of parachute systems, even for manned aircraft! 

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