Matternet's Technology Enabling First FAA-Approved Drone Airline
Part 135 Standard certification allows UPS and Matternet to rapidly scale drone delivery hospital operations in the U.S.MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Oct. 1, 2019 — (PRNewswire) — Today, Matternet, a pioneer in drone delivery for medical applications, announced its drone delivery system is enabling the first FAA-approved drone airline. The full Part 135 Standard certification was granted to UPS allowing the company to operate as a drone airline using Matternet's drone technology to expand on-demand drone delivery operations to hospitals around the country.
"We founded Matternet with the belief that we must create a new layer of transportation, using networks of drones for delivering urgent items on-demand at a fraction of the time, cost and ecological footprint of any other transportation method," said Matternet CEO Andreas Raptopoulos. "Our technology has the power to transform healthcare and the world of logistics at large. Today's announcement is bringing us one step closer to this reality."
The Matternet M2 drone logistics system, comprised of the Matternet M2 drone and the Matternet Cloud Platform, is the first system to be authorized by the FAA for use under Part 135 Standard certification. The drone system was evaluated and validated by the FAA as meeting the safety requirements for use with an air carrier certificate. The Matternet...