Dronavia, a French manufacturer of drone accessories, has launched a new line of parachute systems under the name Kronos for a number of professional DJI drones, including the Inspire 3, Matrice 350, Matrice 300, and Mavic 3 Enterprise. Equipped with the Kronos accessory, these drones will meet the C5 criteria, making STS-01 drone flights in the Specific category accessible.
The new range of safety accessories, named “Kronos,” is the result of more than eight years of research and innovation by Dronavia. These products are specifically designed to help drone operators comply with the latest EASA safety standards, such as C5 certification, MOC 2512 (M2), and MOC 2511. This means that drones equipped with a Kronos accessory can be used for VLOS flights over populated areas, in accordance with the operational conditions of standard scenario STS-01.
The Kronos series includes, among other things, various Parachute Recovery Systems (PRS) and Flight Termination Systems (FTS). These systems enable pilots to perform complex flight missions, including flights over populated areas. They work together to shut down the engines of a falling drone and slow down the fall, significantly reducing impact energy. This is especially crucial during severe weather conditions, radio transmission problems, propulsion system malfunctions, or the loss of GPS signals.
C5 Conversion Kits
With the C5 accessory kits PRS-FTS-MOC Kronos AD Inspire 3 (376 grams) and PRS-FTS-MOC Kronos AD Matrice 350 (450 grams), operators of DJI Inspire 3 and DJI Matrice 350 drones can convert their drones from the original class C3 to class C5. Additionally, PRS-FTS-MOC Kronos AD Mavic 3 (130 grams) enables the conversion of all Mavic 3 Enterprise drones to the C5 class.
Dronavia emphasizes that the Kronos systems can be installed in less than 2 minutes. These lightweight accessories are automatically activated upon drone startup, thanks to their unique take-off detection technology, and do not affect normal flight performance.
The autonomous activation of the Kronos solutions occurs in less than 0.27 seconds when a problem arises. This is significantly faster than the average activation time of 3 seconds in the case of human operation. As a result, the impact energy of the drone is drastically reduced (21 J compared to more than 5,000 J without a parachute at 120 m height for the Kronos I3 system for DJI Inspire 3).
In addition to the Inspire 3, Matrice 350/300, and Mavic 3, Dronavia’s new Kronos range will soon also be compatible with DJI Matrice 30 drones. The costs range from €1,290 to €3,000 per kit.