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Drone Testing In Paradise

Tayzu Robotics, a spin-off of DSLRPros, the first U.S. seller of the popular DJI unmanned aircraft vehicles, is creating what it believes to be the go-to drone for any situation where water is involved. And, a drone testing site in the Cayman islands.
By Luke Geiver | July 16, 2015

Tayzu Robotics, a spin-off of DSLRPros, the first U.S. seller of the popular DJI unmanned aircraft vehicles, is creating what it believes to be the go-to drone for any situation where water is involved. Don Scott and his team at Tayzu have developed a waterproof multirotor platform that will soon be released. Through the team’s individual testing efforts in the Cayman Islands (south of Cuba), the entire UAS industry may have gained something very valuable: a test site in paradise.

Scott and his team are working with the Cayman government to establish a testing range that will allow beyond-line-of-sight flight, package or delivery testing and access to ship-to-shore testing. The site could encompass several islands.

According to Scott, testing in coastal areas of the U.S. can be difficult as most areas are highly regulated. Because the test sites established in the U.S. didn’t have the adequate environment for the type of operations and testing the Tayzu team needed to encounter, it looked to work out of its Florida office. Since it first began testing in the Cayman’s, several emergency response teams and others looking for training have worked with Tayzu. Now, he hopes companies both large and small will head to the island locale for testing of all kinds that are virtually unlimited.

Although Scott and his team are well on their way to making the testing site possible, companies still need to check with Tayzu on specific needs, he said, so that they can find the best location for the test. Tayzu has been granted exclusive rights to control the testing on the islands, Scott said. “We can fly island to island,” he said. And, after explaining the unique testing options and benefits for companies like Amazon or others to utilize the newly arranged testing site, Scott said with a laugh that “you can go scuba diving in the evening and perform test flights in the morning.” Sounds like a drone testing site in paradise.

Look for the full story next week.