Drone that flies WITHOUT a human pilot has been given permission to hit the skies of Israel in a world first
· Optimus can fly for half an hour carrying 1kg (2lbs) without a human
· The drone will be used by private businesses for aerial surveys and surveillance
· Airobotics is the first company in the world permitted to fly an automated drone
A drone that can fly without the help of humans is one step closer to hitting the skies of Israel.
Optimus can fly for half an hour without a human pilot on the controls.
Its creator, Airobotics, recently became the first in the world to be granted permission to fly an automated drone.
· Fly for half an hour unmanned
· Can carry one kg (two pounds)
· Launched from automated 'airbase'
· Programmed using simple software
· Fitted with robotic arm for switching batteries
· Camera that streams real-time video
Ran Krauss, CEO of Airobotics, said: 'Our core technology is truly autonomous.
'That means drones are launched and landed automatically, without need for a pilot.'
The vehicle is launched from an automated 'airbase' which is pre-programmed using computer software.
'Our system is easily operated by anyone from anywhere,' he said.
'And drones are deployed from a click of a button.'
The drone is fitted with military-grade avionics for precise control and can be pre-programmed to carry out 'missions'.
It is fitted with a robotic arm that is capable of swapping batteries, which removes the need for humans to recharge the vehicle.
The large-size unmanned vehicle is fitted with a camera capable of streaming real-time aerial video.
Its creators said the drone's camera could be used by private businesses, such as mining companies, for aerial surveys and surveillance of their land.
'Routine inspections with drones not only significantly save resources but also prevents endangerment of employees performing them,' said Mr Krauss.
He added that drones could be used to respond to emergencies that would put employees in danger, such as a gas leak.