NAFB News Service
Guardian Agriculture recently announced it has received approval from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to operate its aircraft nationwide.
FAA approval makes Guardian Agriculture the first commercially authorized Electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing in the U.S., allowing Guardian Agriculture to safely operate its systems across the country.
“FAA approval represents an important turning point for American leadership in this fast-growing market,” Guardian Agriculture Founder and CEO Adam Bercu said.
Commercial farmers are rapidly moving away from ground spraying equipment in favor of unmanned autonomous systems. However, the majority of systems available today are too small to provide growers with full-field coverage at a competitive price point.
The Guardian SC1 platform—which already has more than $100 million in customer orders—is the only autonomous, electric, aerial crop protection system designed specifically for large-scale agriculture.
Guardian Agriculture will begin commercial operations in support of its Wilbur-Ellis customer in California in the coming months as it continues to ramp up its production capacity.