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ParaZero picks up business for cars and drones
Wednesday, 10 May 2023
The system cuts power to the vehicle, alerts people on the ground with an audible alarm, and deploys a lightweight parachute, bringing the vehicle to the ground in a safe, controlled descent.

ParaZero has been selected by eVTOL developer Jetson and heavy-lift drone and hybrid propulsion technology provider, Parallel Flight Technologies, to integrate customised SafeAir parachute safety systems.

Jetson says it has received hundreds of orders from global customers for its personal electric aerial vehicle, the Jetson ONE. According to Tomasz Patan, Jetson's co-founder and Head of Innovation: “introducing and incorporating the best possible safety technology is high on Jetson's development priorities and was one of the reasons for selecting ParaZero and their patented parachute deployment technology into the Jetson ONE. ParaZero solutions can enable the possibility of the safest and most optimal flight envelope for our customers.”

Stéphan D'haene as its new CEO, confirms the company's commitment to safety. “The unique low altitude airframe recovery system of ParaZero is complementing the redundant propulsion and fail-safe systems standard on the Jetson ONE. We are focusing on a complete and integrated solution, and ParaZero has the right setup and engineering team to support Jetson's safety priorities.”

The Jetson ONE is constructed of a race car inspired lightweight aluminum space frame and Carbon-Kevlar composite body. It is powered by eight electric motors, has a flight time of 20 minutes, reaching a top speed of 102 kilometers per hour (63 miles per hour). It runs on a high discharge lithium-ion battery and can carry a pilot's weight of 210 pounds (95kg).

Parallel Flight Technologies will integrate customised SafeAir parachute safety systems with its flagship heavy-lift, long endurance UAV, Firefly.

Parallel Flight Technologies' 122 kg MTOW (maximum takeoff weight) Firefly has been described as a 'heavy-lift workhorse' for various industrial applications, including wildfire support, medical and disaster logistics, search and rescue, precision agriculture, and renewable use cases. Parallel Flight Technologies' proprietary Parallel Hybrid Electric Multirotor (PHEM) drone technology gives Firefly the ability to carry an impressive 45 kg payload (not including fuel) for up to 100 minutes. The proprietary IP built into the Firefly allows 10x longer endurance and range over electric drones. The Parallel Flight Technologies and ParaZero combination will bring one of the safest industrial heavy-lift drones to the market.

Firefly's long flight endurance and payload capabilities make the platform an ideal candidate for flight beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) and remote operations. Platforms designed for advanced applications and autonomous missions offer new levels of ROI for customers.

“The Firefly represents a true innovation in the UAS industry, and we have appreciated working with the very talented team at Parallel Flight Technologies,” says ParaZero Director of Business Development and Regulation, Aaron Gliner. “We are committed to helping UAS manufacturers meet performance-based safety and regulatory requirements, enabling a broader array of advanced use cases and applications.”

The custom Firefly safety system protects people, property, and valuable payloads for various use cases. “ParaZero's safety systems are the preferred complement to Firefly's built-in redundancies and safety features to mitigate ground risk and enable the regulatory permissions we need to operate. This integration highlights Parallel Flight's company-wide commitment to stringent safety and quality measures. Furthermore, this allows Firefly to stand ready in saving lives, property, and the environment, additionally creating value for industrial customers across the globe,” says Parallel Flight CEO, Joshua Resnick.

ParaZero's SafeAir is a UAV parachute recovery system that mitigates flight risks autonomously. The SafeAir system is equipped with integrated sensors that continuously monitor and analyze the drone's flight patterns to identify any indications of a critical failure. When triggered, the SmartAir Pro, ParaZero's onboard computer, responds with an instantaneous activation of the SafeAir system. The system cuts power to the drone, alerts people on the ground with an audible alarm, and deploys a lightweight parachute, bringing the drone to the ground in a safe, controlled descent.

Equipped with ParaZero's patented parachute technology, organizations and operators around the world have received regulatory approvals for advanced operations, including autonomous flight beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS), operations over people (OOP), operations in densely populated areas, and drone delivery, by providing a robust safety solution to mitigate ground risk in the event of an emergency.

Contact details from our directory:
Jetson AB Airframer
ParaZero Technologies Safety Equipment, Whole Aircraft Parachutes
Parallel Flight Technologies Airframer
Related aircraft programs:
Parallel Flight Technologies Firefly Heavy-Lift UAS
Jetson Jetson ONE
Related directory sectors:
Safety & Security Systems