Matternet System enables FAA-approved drone airline

Matternet, a drone delivery for medical applications company, has announced its drone delivery system is enabling the first FAA-approved drone airline, the company said.

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.

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 M2 system is capable of transporting packages of up to 5 lbs across distances of up to 12.5 miles in operations beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) and over people.

Matternet has developed world leading technology for on-demand, aerial delivery in urban environments. The company provides its technology platform as a service to healthcare, e-commerce and logistics organizations. In March 2017, Matternet became the first company in the world to be authorized for full operations of drone logistics networks over densely populated areas in Switzerland.