California-based cargo drone delivery service provider Volansi has announced that, under a new agreement with the North Carolina Department of Transport, it will begin making middle-mile drone deliveries in the state.
A statement from Volansi also said that it and the North Carolina Department of Transportation will work together with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), to gather data on drone delivery programs and how they could be incorporated long-term into the current transportation infrastructure and regulations.
Volansi will initially perform tests and VLOS cargo delivery flights under Part 107 as part of the UAS Integration Pilot Program (IPP) in North Carolina, with the intent to scale to more projects with additional waivers and permissions with the support of the N.C. Department of Transportation and the FAA.
Projects will initially utilize the VOLY C10 – Gen 2, Volansi’s all-electric, hybrid VTOL fixed-wing UAV. This enables Volansi’s drones to complete complex, two-way missions with minimal to zero infrastructure needs. Because the drones fully land at the delivery point, they can deliver and return cargo such as samples for analysis and diagnosis, or parts for repair.
The drone flies autonomously and can carry up to 10lb of cargo over 50 miles.
“We are excited to have this opportunity to work closely with the FAA and the N.C. Department of Transportation to help shape how drones fit into our home country’s infrastructure,” said Hannan Parvizian, CEO and co-founder of Volansi. “We believe that one day, autonomous flight will be as commonplace and accessible as mailing a letter, and Volansi technology will play a pivotal part in this transport revolution.”