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On Tuesday, the Federal Aviation Administration unveiled a new set of guidelines to govern the commercial use of drones, a turning point that many in the industry believe will open up a new frontier of opportunities. In light of that announcement, one Menlo Park, Calif.-based startup is well-poised to take advantage of the new regulations, which have been anticipated for months.

Kespry's VP Business Development and Policy, Gabe Dobbs, outlined several safety features that most UAVs are equipped with today, including geofencing software and in a growing number of cases, sense-and-avoid sensors. The work by NASA to develop the Unmanned Traffic System is also a major step towards a safe airspace, he added.

We talked to Paul Doersch, CEO of Kespry, a startup that designs and builds autonomous drones for industry, about the use of drones. He’s particularly excited at the prospect of new FAA regulations, calling them a possible inflection point for the commercial drones industry. The current regulatory environment, he says, creates an “artificial friction” he hopes the new regulations will solve.

MENLO PARK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kespry, which designs automated drone systems for commercial use, today announced the close of a Series B equity-financing round of $16 million that includes investments from DCM Ventures and Lightspeed Venture Partners. With these funds, Kespry is hiring more engineering and service teams to ramp-up production and serve customers. In the past twelve months, Kespry has more than doubled in size, and is moving into a larger headquarters in Silicon Valley to keep up with the continued... Learn More ›

I wanted to find out a bit more about the new drone itself as well as how Part 107 might impact anyone looking to utilize it, and Kespry CEO Paul Doersch was kind enough to answer a few of those questions. Find out which of the updates are the most significant as well as what this announcement means to current and new operators.