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DGCA issues micro category drone certification to Asteria Aerospace....

Asteria AerospaceLimited, a full stack drone technology company, on Thursday, said it has become the first firm to receive micro category drone type certification from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) under the Drone Rules 2021.

Asteria Aerospace has received the certification for its indigenously designed A200 drone. Asteria's A200 dronewas found to be fully compliant with the Certification Scheme for Unmanned Aircraft Systemsnotified in January 2022, as per a statement released by Asteria Aerospace Limited.

Asteria's A200 drone has been developed for surveying and mappingapplications in GIS, agriculture, construction, mining, and other industries.

The A200 has a survey-grade GPSand a high-resolution imaging camerawhich can be used to accurately map land parcels, making it ideal for projects like the SVAMITVA scheme, in which the government is using drones to digitize and establish clear ownership of property in rural parts of the country. In agriculture, the A200 drone can be used for precision mapping of farmsto accurately monitor crop growthand health, assess damage, and capture visual recordsfor insurance claimsamongst other purposes. The micro-sized drone from Asteria can also be used by Remote Pilot Training Organizationsto impart pilot training to individuals seeking to acquire Remote Pilot Certificate. "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," said Neel Mehta, Co-founder and Director of Asteria Aerospace Limited.

The A200 drone is a rugged, reliable, and performance-driven multirotor dronethat weighs less than 2 kg and has advanced features including 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 cameraoptions, making it an ideal surveying and mapping drone for applications across industries.

The DGCA categorises drones based on their weight. Drones with an all-up weight of 250 g to 2 kg fall under the micro category of drones. The drone certification scheme was introduced by the Quality Council of India, which consulted experts from the industry, government, and academia to build the scheme. The drone certification scheme is brought into effect to facilitate the production of quality drones in India that can be exported across the world, the company said.


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