Matternet is an on-demand, end-to-end drone delivery solution created for urban environments. The Swiss aviation authority has authorized its M2 drone to provide logistic services over cities. And now, the M2 is the first drone to receive Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Type Certification.
This achievement took four years of rigorous testing to ensure the craft was safe and reliable. Previously, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operated under an exemption. With this certification, Matternet can streamline approvals and the implementation of new networks.
“This is a victory for not only Matternet, but for the whole UAS industry as it indicates a maturing of the industry and a shift away from exemptions and waivers towards more standard regulation,” said Jim O’Sullivan, vice president of regulatory strategy for Matternet.
The drone can carry payloads up to 2 kilograms (4 pounds) and 4 liters up to 20 kilometers (12.4 miles).
For more information, visit Matternet’s site here.