The FAA has authorized Matternet’s delivery drone design.

It is the first delivery drone to acquire such approval.

Matternet’s Model M2 drone delivery drone design has been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Matternet states in a news release that the Model M2 is the first non-military unmanned aircraft to receive FAA Type Certification, which certifies that an aircraft’s design fulfills regulatory standards.

Matternet, based in California, has been testing its Model M2 drone in the United States for the past four years as part of the FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) program. According to Matternet, receiving approval from the FAA might assist speed up the process of “implementing new networks and obtaining approvals.”

Matternet's delivery drone

 

 

Matternet teamed with UPS in 2019 to transport medical supplies in North Carolina before expanding to deliver prescriptions in Florida. Matternet also expanded into Switzerland, where it collaborated with Swiss Post to send lab samples and blood tests. The program was temporarily halted in 2019 when two of its drones crashed in the country, but Matternet has since announced that it will take over the Swiss Post’s drone delivery program beginning in 2023.

The FAA says Matternet’s Model M2 drone “meets all federal regulations for safe, reliable, and controllable operations and provides a level of safety equivalent to existing airworthiness standards applicable to other categories of aircraft.” The four-rotor drone can carry four-pound payloads and fly at 400 feet or lower with a top speed of 45mph.

Matternet’s delivery drone

Matternet's delivery drone

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